Legalizing Abortion in Latin America: WSJ

After a lawyer filed suit to legalize abortion, the Constitutional Court of Colombia accepted the case to examine the issue – a breakthrough for Latin America where abortion is tightly restricted. While a few small countries including Uruguay, Cuba, and Guyana allow elective abortions, Colombia is the first regional power to consider legalizing abortion. Currently, the procedure is legal for Colombian women if the mother’s life is at risk, or in cases of rape or malformation of the fetus, with about 3 percent of Colombian pregnancies eligible, reports the Wall Street Journal. Even for legal abortions, women must endure judgment as well as different treatment in urban areas and the countryside. A 2017 poll suggests that a majority of Colombians oppose the proposal due to religious and cultural reasons. Argentina’s president has announced plans to propose a bill to legalize abortion as well. – YaleGlobal

Legalizing Abortion in Latin America: WSJ

The Colombia Constitutional Court sets out to review the country's abortion laws, a milestone for Latin America
Juan Forero
Friday, March 6, 2020

Read the article from the Wall Street Journal about a court review of abortion restrictions in Colombia.

Juan Forero is the South America bureau chief at The Wall Street Journal.

Also read the article  “Argentina Braces Anew for Abortion Battle” from Buenos Aires Times.

 On request	590 Broad social, economic grounds	386 Save women's life	359 Preserve health	237 Prohibited altogether	90

(Source: Center for Reproductive Rights)

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