Asociación Chilena de Protección de la Familia (APROFA)
APROFA works to ensure access to sexual and reproductive health care as a fundamental human right. Founded in 1965, APROFA is a pioneer of family planning in Chile and was the first organization in the country to focus on underserved and impoverished areas. The majority of its clients receive free care, including contraception, gynecological exams, and sexual health counseling.
APROFA has made working with young people its priority, especially those who are the most susceptible to unplanned pregnancy and HIV infection. It puts special emphasis on building teachers' capacity to promote and provide comprehensive sexuality education for students that includes gender equality, human rights, and acceptance of sexual diversity. APROFA’s sex education curriculum is among the options Chile's 12,000 schools can teach.
Chile is one of six countries in the world that prohibit abortion without exception—even when a pregnancy is the result of sexual violence or endangers a woman's life. APROFA’s mission is to work toward the full decriminalization of abortion. They are an active member of a strategy group working to reinstate therapeutic abortion and publish a book titled Aborto en Chile: Argumentos y Testimonios para su despenalizacion en Situaciones Calificadas (Abortion in Chile: Arguments and Testimonials for the Decriminalization of Qualified Situations).