We, members of the Center for Assistance to Victims of Sexual Violence (NAVIS), of the Hospital das Clínicas of Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo (FMUSP), and from the Center for Ethics and Human Rights (NEDH) of FMUSP, declare our total rejection of the Ordinance of the Ministry of Health No. 2,282 of August 27th, 2020, which provides for the procedure for justification and authorization of termination of pregnancy in the cases provided for by law, within the scope of the Unified Health System (SUS), that makes mandatory the notification to the police authority by the doctor, other health professionals or those responsible for the medical facility that host the patient in cases where there is evidence or confirmation of the rape crime, within 48 hours.
All the advances made over the last years to the care and assistance to victims of sexual violence are threatened with such an affront to sexual and reproductive rights, and also constitutional, of these people and the professional team, whose performance is governed by the respective codes of ethicis, having as principles the preservation of the confidentiality and privacy of victims in a relationship of trust.
The provisions in the ordinance expose victims, who arrive already embarrassed, ashamed and emotionally vulnerable to medical service support, there is more violence, when make them re-victimized when sent to a police station.
The ordinance also makes it difficult to attend to the legal abortion provided for in the 1940 law, by establishing sequential administrative procedures that create obstacles to women’s right to choose.
Women do not deserve this inhuman act and retreat in respect for their dignity and in the protection of their sexual and reproductive rights.