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#1 Cat

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:01 AM

http://www.avaaz.org...1389691&v=13641

Honduras is just days away from approving an extremist law that would put teenagers in prison for using the morning-after pill, even if they've just been raped. But we can stop this law and ensure women have the chance to prevent unwanted pregnancy.
Some Congress members agree that this law -- which would also jail doctors or anyone who sells the pill -- is excessive, but they are bowing to the powerful religious lobby that wrongly claims the morning-after pill constitutes an abortion. Only the head of the Congress, who wants to run for the Presidency and cares about his reputation abroad, can stop this. If we pressure him now we can shelve this reactionary law.
The vote could happen any day -- let’s show Honduras that the world won't stand by as it jails women for preventing pregnancy even after sexual violence. Sign the urgent petition calling on the President of the Honduran Congress to stand up for women’s rights. Avaaz will work with local women's groups to personally deliver our outcry.



Note: I couldn't find a lot of other sources on the internet regarding this topic but I still thought it was worth posting. You can click on the link and sign the petition if you want.

#2 CatofWar

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:08 AM

Ok so wich one of you signed the petition as Coe Tanger?

#3 Carolina Husker

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:10 AM

I have no doubt this is how it would be in the US if religious conservatives got their way.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:37 AM

We should aim to be more like Honduras. You never hear about them bailing out banks.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:46 AM

I thought hondurans were generally in favor of women being given pills.

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:59 AM

Misleading title is misleading

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 10:31 AM

yay more rape babies

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Posted 13 April 2012 - 10:35 AM

Misleading title is misleading


They are trying to jail women for using birth control. How the fug is the title misleading?

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:42 AM

One specific form of birth control. Your title sounds like putting on a rubber will get someone thrown in jail.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 11:40 AM

One specific form of birth control. Your title sounds like putting on a rubber will get someone thrown in jail.


You can get jail time for using birth control in Honduras if this law passes. That statement is true, stop being a little bitch.

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Posted 14 April 2012 - 11:51 AM

You can get jail time for using birth control in Honduras if this law passes. That statement is true, stop being a little bitch.


Misleading thread title is misleading.

Speaking of bitches, how does it feel to know you believed a rumor? Ever wonder why, in the OP, you stated you can't find much information about it? Or that there is no information about "Law 54" in Honduras, except on pages that link to avaaz?

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 10:26 AM

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#13 mav1234

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 10:34 AM

I dunno, one of the first links to pop up on Google is this:
http://www.sbs.com.a...r-contraception
which says:

"Some Congress members agree that this law - which would also jail doctors or anyone who sells the pill - is excessive, but they are bowing to the powerful religious lobby that wrongly claims the morning-after pill constitutes an abortion,' the email said.


Avaaz is a not-for-profit organisation that regularly uses email and online petitions to put pressure on governments engaged in activities that it believes violate human rights.


Honduras passed a law criminalising use or sale of the 'morning after pill' in 2009 (click on the link to see the decree in Spanish).


The decree was based on the assertion of local religious groups that the pill was a method of early abortion.


The Democratic Unification Party (PUD) slammed that claim, citing a World Health Organisation declaration that it was only a form of contraception and could not actually cause an abortion if there was a pregnancy already in place.


The measures Avaaz outlines in its email would further toughen the law, extending it to teenagers and rape victims.



http://www.scribd.co...Decreto-54-2009 can anyone translate that? If it does indeed make it criminal to use or sell the morning after pill, this would bolster the legitimacy of this stuff.

The above Aussie link really provides quite a few other links to Honduran sites, and while they all do cite that Avaaz link, it seems somewhat legit.

Plus is there anything coming out of Honduras that suggests that this stuff ISN'T true?

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 11:03 AM

Yes, the morning after pill was banned in 2009. The jailtime thing so far seems to be some manufactured hysteria.

I read Spanish and I've done google searches about this in Spanish. I'm trying to read the bill in your link but the text won't load for me.


edit: I just downloaded the text version of the bill... this is what it says, literally: Attached File  bchon.jpg   40.7K   4 downloads

#15 mav1234

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 11:06 AM

I don't know, Honduran womens rights groups are apparently getting riled up about it, I would hope they would have a bit better connection to what is going on there than we do. I realize that is not *always* the case, but the fact they are suggests something may be going on. If they weren't, I would expect it was just manufactured hysteria for sure.


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