7: Abortion and faith in Latin America: an interfaith perspective

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This chapter provides an analysis of the alliances established between feminist movements, faith-based organisations, female pastors, and activists from Protestant and Pentecostal faith communities in Latin America and the Caribbean in favour of the decriminalisation and legalisation of abortion. It focuses on the period between 2018 and 2020, a phase that commenced with a public debate in the National Congress of Argentina and culminated when Law No. 27,610, Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy Law, was passed in Argentina on 30 December 2020. The chapter reflects on the influence the passing of this law has had in countries like Chile, Colombia and Ecuador.

The success of feminist Christian grassroots movements, working alongside other feminisms, highlights the strength that Latin American feminist theology has acquired by making arguments in the face of the conservative reaction in the region. The premises of female theologians and feminist Bible scholars were shared on social networks, at conferences and in public debates. This chapter investigates the academic training of women in the area of theology in Latin America, its intersection with the field of feminist theology and its contribution to Latin American feminisms on the issue of abortion.

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