CHILE – Legal abortions in Chile since the new law was passed, and response to political pushback

According to the Chilean Ministry of Health, between September 2017 and March 2018, there have been 111 legal abortions – 50 on grounds of risk to the woman’s life, 35 due to fatal fetal anomalies, and 26 following rape. There were also, of course, many more abortions which did not take place within the health care system. But this is a start!! On 27-28 April, Miles Chile trained 25 health professionals from 10 hospitals and … Continued

Chile- Mobilisation against restrictions on the new abortion law

  In Chile, the feminist movement is mobilising to defend the new abortion law and ensure that access to legal abortion services becomes a reality for the women who need them. However, in March, soon after the new government took power, although they had said they would not attempt to withdraw the law, the new Minister of Health Santelices moved quickly to modify the regulations for implementing the law that had been adopted under Michelle … Continued

CHILE – National elections deliver right-wing president-elect and two key ministers opposed to 2017 abortion law reform

The Guardian reports that: “Chile’s president-elect, the billionaire businessman Sebastian Piñera, has unveiled a new hardline cabinet, including prominent conservative figures and some politicians once closely aligned with the Pinochet dictatorship.” They go on to report: “The new ministerial lineup is dominated by men in their 60s. None of the most senior positions will go to women, who will head just seven out of the 23 ministries… The new minister for women and gender equality, … Continued

CHILE – Two of the presentations to the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the abortion law

Lidia Casas’ presentation: Speaking on behalf of: Asociación Nacional de Funcionarias y Funcionarios del Servicio Nacional de la Mujer; Agrupación Nacional de Empleados Fiscales; Central Unitaria de Trabajadores; y Karla Rubilar, Diputada, Cámera de Diputados, Chile

CHILE – Supreme Court approves constitutionality of the abortion law on 21 August 2:30pm: Today, women won !!!

  The ten judges of Chile’s Constitutional Court decided on 18 August to postpone their final judgement on the constitutionality of the abortion law passed by the Congress to decriminalize abortion on three grounds. But yesterday, in the afternoon, they approved all three grounds in the law, despite less certainly  over the ground of rape, which had generated more controversy.   Women’s rights groups, concerned about the delay last week, held three days of peaceful … Continued

Chile – The abortion bill has been passed after 28 years of criminalisation!

On 3 August, the Chilean Congress passed the abortion bill into law. Claudia Dides of Miles Chile has declared today “a day of dignity, respect and freedom honouring all the women who since 1989 were prosecuted, stigmatised, humiliated or killed for having terminated a pregnancy”. And President Michelle Bachelet wrote on Twitter: “Today, women reclaimed a basic right that we never should have lost – being able to choose when we’re living through painful moments.” In … Continued

Chilean Chamber of Deputies Committee supports the three legal grounds for abortion

Three legal grounds are: risk to the life of the woman, rape, and fatal fetal anomaly Late last night, 18 July, the last hurdle before a full vote in the Chamber of Deputies of the Chilean Congress was passed for the abortion law reform bill. Corporación Miles in Chile on Twitter reports: Nine hours ago they approved the first ground by 20 to 14. Six hours ago, they approved the second ground by 19 to … Continued

Chilean Senators try to alter the text of the abortion bill for and against safe abortion

A news report on 1 April revealed that several anti-abortion Senators have sought to modify the ground of risk of the woman’s life, to say that “all legitimate medical practice to save the life of the mother that, as a result, ends the life of the fetus is not abortion”. However, although they claim that this rewording is “with nuances of grammar, but similar in its intention”, in fact this is an anti-abortion substitute for … Continued


Chilean Senate debating the abortion law reform bill today and tomorrow: please sign the petition now!!! * PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION * – Please sign the petition in support of the bill: HERE – Por favor, firmen la petición en apoyo del proyecto de ley a: AQUI – Veuillez signer la pétition en faveur du projet de loi: ICI On 17 January 2017, the Constitutional Commission of the Chilean Senate approved the abortion bill by … Continued

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