If you look closely, any human being is born free and therefore should enjoy complete freedom over his or her body and life. Yet patriarchs continue to frown upon them and desist from allowing them their birth right. This gross suppression was spoken about a lot during the 1960s and 70s across North America and Europe. When these discussions that were sparked off caught fire, the much-welcome phase of liberalization of reproductive rights for women emerged. Yet in many conservative Catholic States, many women do not enjoy this liberty. Now moving over towards Latin America and the Caribbean, there is a fundamental reason why there is still so much backwardness as far as such important legislations are concerned. The reason is that during the 60s and 70s when North American and European Women were rallying for their rights, the women of South American countries were bracing themselves against the various complexities and issues of post-colonialism, particularly the takeover of power by fascists and military dictators. Over the years, it has been a tough struggle for the people to eliminate the chaos and establish democratic governments. Owing to such terrible situations, it has become almost impossible for women to voice out their basic human rights, let alone campaign for a topic as taboo as abortion.
Spur of Illegal Abortions and other contemporary issues
When you ban something, what happens is that there is a parallel, murky illegal racket that gets established, and so is the case with abortions. Despite being criminalized in most Latin American countries, the number of illegal abortions carried out here is the highest anywhere in the world. Especially with the rapid spread of the Zika virus that directly affects the fetus brain, the spur of illegal and unsafe abortions have gone up even more. It is really high time for governments to liberalize the abortion laws to save thousands of women from the hazards of illegal abortions.