Honduran Rape victims face jail over contraception
This is what’s next in the US if the Catholic theocrat patriarch temper tantrum works.
A rights group is urging Honduras not to pass a law that would mean teens and rape victims could be jailed for years for using the ‘morning after pill’ contraceptive.
“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,” said an email from avaaz.org.
The vote could occur any day, the email added.
“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).