Abortion Stigma in Colombia
Abortion in Colombia is decriminalized up to 24 weeks, so why are there still barriers for abortion seekers? Our new study finds answers in abortion stigma.
Abortion Stigma remains a big issue in Colombia. As the new study “Abortion and Stigma and Colombia: A review of policy and social media” by AbortionData.org and DisorLab demonstrates, the roots of stereotypical opinions towards the procedure lie within deep social norms that control and organize traditional roles of femininity and other behaviours that are considered deviant.
By combining an analysis of statistical information and Twitter data, our study found out that there are four main drivers of abortion stigma in Colombia:
The main findingsFour main roots of abortion stigma in Colombia. Press the plus icon to find out more about each category.
Abortion remains in the Penal Code of Colombia after 24 weeks of pregnancy. The consequence: when abortion is criminalized, people perceive it as morally incorrect or dangerous.
Traditional Roles of Feminity
Traditionally, women in Colombia have been considered natural caregivers and mothers. By deciding against the pregnancy, abortion seekers challenge such ideas.
People judge differently when someone requires an abortion or when someone simply choses to have one. This is because, the autonomy of women is considered negative, as it poses a threat to the perceived gender roles of society.
In Colombia, demographic characteristics such as social class, race, age, or nationality play a massive role in the definition of individual identities. This results in general beliefs that abortion seekers usually belong to vulnerable groups.
Abortion and Stigma and Colombia: A review of policy and social mediaRead, download or simply check the complete report here
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Why do we need a report about abortion stigma?
Since the decriminalization of abortion in Colombia through law C0-55, it is possible for anyone to have an abortion legally up to 24 weeks.
However, reality still looks different. A study by La Mesa por la Vida de las mujeres shows that in the first 100 days of the law, already 76 people faced barriers to access abortion services. But why? One of the explanations is the mentioned abortion stigma.
The Abortion Stigma Report 2022 by AbortionData.org and DisorLab shows where the stigma is coming from and proposes an item pool to measure abortion stigma in the country.
In this way, we expect and hope to socially decriminalize abortion in Colombia, making it accessible and safe for anyone.
Who is behind this research?
PhD. in sociology from Lancaster University, Researcher, and professor at the Universidad del Rosario.
MA Erasmus Mundus Gender and Women’s Studies, Researcher, and activist.
Assistant Researcher, Student at the Universidad del Rosario.