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 … Continued

STOP PRESS: Chilean Constitutional Commission agrees to send the abortion bill to the full Senate!!!

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.

Vote in Constitutional Commission of the Senate on Chilean abortion bill currently scheduled for 16 January

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.

MILES (Movement for Sexual and Reproductive Rights) denounces the detention of a Chilean woman accused of having an abortion

“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.”

4th annual demonstration for abortion law reform 25 July, pro-choice poster art around the University of Chile in Santiago, and the case of an 11-year-old pregnant from repeated sexual abuse – all in the news

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.

Main points of the Chilean law reform bill: legal abortion on three grounds

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.

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