UA No:






  1. 妊婦の健康上、妊娠がリスクになる場合
  2. 胎児に障がいがあると診断された場合
  3. 妊娠が近親相かん、または性的暴力による場合
  4. 女性が妊娠に気づいていなかった場合
  5. 生殖医療や中絶手術を受けることが制限されていた場合
  6. 妊婦が家庭内暴力を受けているなどで、移動を含む自由が制限されている場合




  • 女性、少女、あるいは妊娠する可能性のあるすべての人の人権保護の後退には反対すべきだ。
  • 法案#693の公聴会を開催し、多様な利害関係者の声に平等に耳を傾け、人権の観点から有意な検証をすべきだ。そうすることで、適正な公聴会が可能となり、女性や少女らの生存、健康、プライバシーの権利に対する重大な悪影響を回避することができる。


Hon. Joanne Rodríguez Veve
President of the Commission of Life and Family Affairs

Senate of Puerto Rico
Senado- El Capitolio, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00902-3431
Emails: joarodriguez@senado.pr.gov AND info@joannerodriguezveve.com AND emartinez@senado.pr.gov

Honorable Rodríguez Veve,

Currently in Puerto Rico, there are few legal restrictions on access to abortion, which can take place at any stage in the pregnancy when carried out by a doctor to conserve the life or the health, including mental health, of the pregnant person.

However, a recently published bill would restrict access to abortion after 22 weeks, or when a doctor determines that the foetus is viable, with the only exception being if the pregnant persons’ life is in danger. It would not permit a termination after 22 weeks for other reasons, such as where there is a diagnosis of foetal impairment, where the pregnancy is the result of incest and/or sexual violence, or where the pregnant person was unaware of the pregnancy or had limited access to sexual and reproductive healthcare and/or abortion services.

Restrictions on access to abortion would constitute a retrogression in rights and a barrier to accessing public health services, which risks having a disproportionate impact on women and pregnant people in serious situations - such as those who need abortions for medical reasons to safeguard their health, or who have experienced sexual violence or trafficking and who were unable to access abortion earlier - as well as those who are already historically marginalized and for whom access to abortion may be more difficult, for example, due to lack of financial resources.

We write to you,urgingyou to take astand against anyregressionin the human rights protectionofwomen, girlsand all others who can become pregnant.Afirststeptowards thisisto ensurethatany public hearings that take place regarding Bill #693 areobjective, meaning that all interventions from a diversity of stakeholders are equally heard,and subject tomeaningfulhuman rights scrutiny. This would help to ensure a suitable process is in place, and avoidpotentiallygravenegative impacts on the rights to life, health, and privacyofgirls and women and all others who can become pregnant.

International human rights law and standards require states to ensure access to safe and legal abortion to protect women’s and girls’ life and health at all stages of pregnancy without discrimination. The Human Rights Council in its General Comment 36 on the Right to Life has prohibited states from regulating abortion in a manner that runs contrary to their duty to ensure that women and girls do not have to undertake unsafe abortions. As such, people’s ability to make decisions about one’s body, sexuality and reproduction is at the core of gender, economic and social justice, and states must not legislate with the aim to remove any human rights, including sexual and reproductive rights.

Yours sincerely,