Professor Juliana Cesario Alvim Gomes: Litigating for Abortion Decriminalization in Brazil

September 27, 2023

Juliana Cesario Alvim Gomes played a significant role in the ongoing legal case regarding the decriminalization of abortion up to 12 weeks in Brazil.

She represented amici curiae before the court, presented briefs and oral arguments, and collaborated with domestic and international organizations in the case that argues that the current criminalization violates fundamental rights under the Constitution and international treaties.

Despite decades of criminalization, abortion rates in Brazil remain high, with an estimated 500 thousand abortions occurring every year, often in unsafe conditions. The World Health Organization recommends decriminalization, emphasizing abortion as an essential healthcare service.