Structural Violence in Latin America: Access to Contraception & Abortion

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Claire Wong


Latin America, Contraception, Abortion, Zika virus, healthcare


As the 24-hour news cycle works harder than ever before to release headline after headline expounding acts of violence that occur around the world, it is of the utmost importance to recognise that while direct bodily harm may be the easiest to understand and document, the effects of violence inflicted through structures must not be discounted. ‘Structural Violence in Latin America: Access to Contraception & Abortion’ examines structural violence through the analysis of the link between the Zika virus outbreak in Brazil in late 2015 and barriers to healthcare in Latin America, a geo-political region where religious dominance has severely restricted access to contraception and abortions.

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