In March 2017, both the Senate’s Health and Constitution Commissions will finalise the text of each clause of the bill. The final text will hopefully be agreed and then taken to the floor of the Senate for a vote.
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Following a vote today, 17 January, in the Constitutional Commission of the Chilean Senate, the fantastic news is: the abortion bill was approved by the Commission by a vote of three in favour and 2 against. It can now be taken to the floor of the full Senate.
On 15 December 2016, CNN reported that the Constitutional Commission of the Chilean Senate had decided that the bill to decriminalise abortion on three grounds – risk to the woman’s life, rape and fatal fetal anomaly – could be sent to the floor of the Senate for a final vote on 10 January 2017. But the vote did not happen that day.
“This situation is inhumane. Women are treated like criminals because the State has been unable to regulate and facilitate the termination of pregnancy, even for women at risk of losing their lives by the absence of this care,” said MILES. “Instead of being helped, the woman was put in the pillory in public, without any concern about the deep psychological and physical unease that she must be feeling. This is a flagrant violation of her human rights.”
A date has not yet been set for it to be voted upon by the Senate as a whole but according to the Government, it will be tabled by January 2017.
On 25 July, there were demonstrations in Santiago and Valparaiso in Chile, for the 4th year in a row, calling for free abortion with no restrictions because women have abortions. A few weeks later, on 11 August, the case of an 11-year-old girl from the Araucania region who became pregnant after repeated sexual abuse by her 41-year-old stepfather came to light and is causing controversy, not least because the authorities were not allowing the pregnancy to be terminated.
In Chile, the second phase of consideration of the draft law “Legal termination of pregnancy on three grounds” has begun. The human rights group Corporación MILES has produced a booklet outlining the key points in the draft law. These include the principles that the law establishes regarding women’s right to have a legal abortion if there is a risk to her life, in cases of fetal anomaly or the pregnancy is a result of rape.