Abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean
The Legal Impact of the American Convention on Human Rights
476 pages, 6.00 x 9.00
Hardcover | 9780268107659 | June 2020
eBook (Web PDF) | 9780268107680 | June 2020
eBook (EPUB) | 9780268107673 | June 2020
Abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean is the first major book to analyze the abortion laws of the Latin American and Caribbean nations that are parties to the American Convention on Human Rights. Making use of a broad range of materials relating to human rights and abortion law not yet available in English, the first part of this book analyzes how Inter-American human rights bodies have interpreted the American Convention’s prenatal right to life. The second part examines Article 4(1) of the American Convention, comparing and analyzing the laws regarding prenatal rights and abortion in all twenty-three nations that are parties to this treaty. Castaldi questions how Inter-American human rights bodies currently interpret Article 4(1). Against the predominant view, she argues that the purpose of this treaty is to grant legal protection of the unborn child from elective abortion that is broad and general, not merely exceptional.
Abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean offers an objective analysis of national and international laws on abortion, proposing a new interpretation of the American Convention’s right-to-life provision that is nonrestrictive and provides general protection for the unborn. The book will appeal not only to students and scholars in the field of international human rights but also to human rights advocates more generally.
Ligia De Jesús Castaldi is professor of law at Ave Maria School of Law. She has worked for several international governmental human rights agencies, including UNICEF’s regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
“There is no other academic work that I know of, in any language, that gathers together the wealth of information presented here. Abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean will be useful to any scholar interested in the law and politics of abortion and related controversies in this hemisphere.” —Paolo Carozza, author of Italian Constitutional Justice in Global Context