More and more organizations are asking the Constitutional Court to address the decriminalization of # AbortoPorViolación in Ecuador

“Women’s organizations and civil society have made several attempts to ensure that girls’ and women’s rights are no longer on paper and are realized. In another attempt, we urge the Constitutional Court to respond to requests for a hearing and amicus curiae “in favor of the decriminalization of # AbortoPorViolación”, said the Desafío Foundation, Mujeres Con Voz, the National Coalition of Women, Mujeres por el Cambio, the Creando Juntas y Dignidad Foundation in a press release.

This Wednesday, November 18, 2020, they recall that “it is urgent that the analysis of the situation in which thousands of women live in our country be carried out quickly. The victims of sexual violence and forced pregnancies constitute an emergency panorama, which during the health crisis by covid-19, it worsened. Without neglecting the fact that the law aimed at preventing and eliminating violence against women is applied slowly and with difficulties due to the reduction of the budget “.

On November 10, 2020, rights organizations brought an action of unconstitutionality in paragraph two of article 150 of the Complete Organic Penal Code (COIP), before the Constitutional Court. This indicates that abortion will not be punishable if the pregnancy results from the rape of a mentally disabled woman.

Then, Silvia Bonilla, president of the Ecumenical Commission for Human Rights (Ceduh), explained to EL COMERCIO that they were specifically seeking to declare the last sentence unconstitutional. “If the specification for a disabled woman is removed, the consequence is that rape abortion is no longer punishable.”

“Six international human rights organizations continue to insist that Ecuador decriminalize abortion at least in cases of rape. While women with intellectual disabilities may have access to an abortion because they have not consented to a sexual relationship that constitutes rape, women who do not live with a disability do not either. , the former can abort without being criminalized and the latter cannot. Giving birth as a result of a crime such as rape is state violence. Why don’t all women, without discrimination against anyone, have the right to decide whether they want to end this pregnancy safely and legally or to continue it? This is what the women say in a statement.

All of these arguments – they note – are reason enough to advance the chronology of the resolution of cases in the Constitutional Court and take a step forward in the advancement of women’s rights. The plenary session of the Constitutional Court in resolution no. 005-cce-ple – 2020 establishes that the processing and resolution of cases will respect chronological order, except in duly justified exceptional situations. This reason expresses a social emergency since thousands of women live the drama of being raped and forced to give birth to the rapist when they do not want to. Acknowledging that there is an exceptional situation to change the order represents minimal support from institutions and the state for our rights and well-being as citizens.

Tomorrow, Thursday, November 19, 2020, at 10:00 a.m., women’s and civil society organizations will deliver an “ amicus curiae ” at the insistence request before the Constitutional Court, in Quito, to resolve the # AbortoPorViolación approach.

Abortion activists tweet #LaVerdaderaGuaguaEcuatoriana Action to decriminalize abortion in rape cases is brought before the Constitutional Court