Edited by Rosalind Dixon and Tom Ginsburg
Chapter 9: Modes of disestablishment in Latin America
A quick review of the news coverage in Latin America in two months of 2014, April and May, shows Catholic clergy opposing civil unions between same-sex couples in Peru (La República 2014); rallying against legal abortion in cases of rape in war in Colombia (RCN 2014); actively supporting an amendment of the Constitution of the state of Nuevo Le—n in Mexico to include the right to life from conception (Milenio 2014); campaigning against the legalization of civil unions for same-sex couples in the state of Veracruz in Mexico (Cancino 2014) and testifying against the emergency contraceptive pill before Congress in Honduras, claiming it is a form of abortion (La Prensa 2014). And yet May and April 2014 were not particularly active months for the Catholic Church, but rather a representative sample of its persistent activism against sexual and reproductive rights in Latin America, before and after the anointment of the Latin American Pope, Francis. Keywords: Catholic Church, disestablishment, sexual and reproductive rights, church–state relations, freedom of religion
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