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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Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson5 years ago

and this is 2012. scary

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle5 years ago

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

Cheryl Bresney
Cheryl Bresney5 years ago

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?

Josha N.
Josha N5 years ago

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!

Jackie Agusta
Jackie Agusta5 years ago

Wow, that is scary :-(

Vicky L.
Vicky L5 years ago

I don't believe it's about women's mortality, more likely about their emancipation and falling birth rates in Brasil. Good news here:

Mark S.
Mark S6 years ago

The book, 1984, becomes a reality.

Gloria H.
Gloria H6 years ago

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.

Kimberlee W.
Kimberlee W6 years ago

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

Mary L.
Mary L6 years ago

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.