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Honduras - March 2023

Ban on emergency contraception is lifted

President Xiomara Castro signed an executive decree to lift a ban on emergency contraception that had been in place since 2009. The decree was signed on International Women’s Day. Women’s rights activists and organizations celebrated the reversal of this ban, which had been one of Castro’s campaign promises before her 2021 election, particularly given the fact that abortion in Honduras remains prohibited under all circumstances. The emergency contraception pill will be sold over the counter at pharmacies and be free at health centres (last December its use had exceptionally been approved in cases of rape). 

Sources: El Pais, The New York Times, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Rights +1 Rights  (+1)
Political Equality
Gender Equality

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