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Brazil Forces Pregnant Women To Register With Government To Monitor Pregnancies

Brazil Forces Pregnant Women To Register With Government To Monitor Pregnancies

If you want a peek into the future of women’s health should Republicans succeed in criminalizing abortion, look no further than Brazil. Provisionary Measure 557 (PM 557) signed into law just after Christmas, created a National System of Registration, Vigilance and Monitoring Women’s Care During Pregnancy and Post Childbirth for the Prevention of Maternal Mortality (National Registration System).

It’s a long name that masks the Orwellian reality Brazilian women now face–compulsory registration with the state of all pregnancies.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff created this registry using a power intended only for urgent matters that allows the president to pass a law without congressional approval. Because apparently nothing is as urgent as monitoring each pregnancy in Brazil for evidence of potential criminality.

Even worse, Rousseff created the registry under the guise of trying to address Brazil’s high rate of maternal mortality. But PM 557 does not guarantee women access to health exams, or even providers trained in obstetric emergency care. The largest contributing factor in maternal mortality is access to high quality health care in public health facilities and PM 557 takes not one step in the direction of providing women access to quality health care.

What it does do though is to legally compel women to have any child she conceives and specifically places women under state monitoring for this very purpose.

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5:51PM PDT on May 29, 2012

and this is 2012. scary

7:29AM PDT on Apr 21, 2012

The world becomes more insane every year! Men have never accepted women's equality.

4:56AM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

This is what happens when women allow men to make their decisions, when women dismiss the politics that run their lives. Reclaim your bodies ladies...where is the outrage?

6:46AM PST on Mar 9, 2012

Wow. Big Brother indeed, eh? Scary stuff. Governments around the world (including most Republicans in the US, it seems) apparantly believe that women can't make their own choices and that men are better suited. Strange, considering THEY DO NOT EXPERIENCE EVERYTHING A WOMEN MUST GO THROUGH! What do men know? Nothing!

4:28AM PST on Feb 3, 2012

Wow, that is scary :-(

2:38AM PST on Feb 3, 2012

I don't believe it's about women's mortality, more likely about their emancipation and falling birth rates in Brasil. Good news here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/fertility-rate-plummets-in-brazil/2011/12/23/gIQAsOXWPP_story.html?hpid=z2

3:29AM PST on Jan 13, 2012

The book, 1984, becomes a reality.

7:58PM PST on Jan 12, 2012

nano technology of the future, implantation with device that would call 911 should any woman ingest any substance that would cause an abortion. Possible? Sort of a reverse chastity belt. And the church and state would be the only ones to have access to the locks.Rewards for anyone reporting a woman who suddenly appears to have lost a baby bump.

7:35PM PST on Jan 12, 2012

Okay, Now THAT'S scary as hell!!!!!!!

7:19PM PST on Jan 11, 2012

Carole, what civil rights?

Men gave civil rights to black men before women. In both cases they maneuvered to quash those rights with in minutes of the laws passing. I tried to raise a feminist son, not sure it took.

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