Progress in the protection of women’s reproductive rights in Latin America: The case of Artavia Murillo et al v. Costa Rica

Monday, November 10, 2014

The November 2012 decision by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights regarding the case of Artavia Murillo et al. v. Costa Rica generated landmark jurisprudence on women’s human rights. The ruling provides grounds for challenging laws in other countries that refer to absolute protection of life from the moment of conception, criminalizing women’s access to safe and legal abortion. This report details some relevant aspects of this decision for women’s right to private life, reproductive autonomy, personal integrity and access to reproductive health services.