COLOMBIA: STATEMENT – “Not one step back from legal, free and safe abortion in Colombia”

After the recent decision of the Constitutional Court of Colombia, it is ratified that the country can NOT go back in terms of abortion and that the three circumstances in which access to this service has been allowed since 2006, are a fundamental right that the State must guarantee. Organizations that work for the rights of women respect the decision of the Constitutional Court [to reject] the lawsuits filed to prohibit abortion in any circumstances. … Continued

STOP PRESS: COLOMBIA – Abortion access will not expand in Colombia yet, court rules

Colombia’s Constitutional Court shut down a landmark abortion case on Monday that had divided the country. The case had offered what our colleagues in the movement called an opportunity to “set a precedent for the region”. But the judges decided against taking sides. For 14 years, Colombian law has allowed for abortions under three circumstances, but few legal abortions have been provided. In the last 13 years, 300 legal complaints have been filed by women who were … Continued

COLOMBIA – Constitutional Court soon to consider further abortion law reform

In 2006, the Constitutional Court of Colombia issued a landmark ruling that decriminalised abortion when the life or health of the pregnant woman is at risk, when the pregnancy resulted from rape or incest, and when the fetus has a serious condition incompatible with life.  On 17 January 2020, an anti-abortion activist filed a petition in the Constitutional Court of Colombia calling for a blanket ban on abortion, claiming that the legal grounds for abortion … Continued

COLOMBIA – Colombia’s Constitutional Court issues landmark decision on victims of reproductive violence in conflict

On 11 December 2019, the Colombian Constitutional Court issued an important decision recognising that women and girls who suffered forced contraception and forced abortion by their own armed groups should be recognized as ‘victims of armed conflict’. The decision is one of very few in the world to specifically recognise reproductive violence as a form of harm committed against women and girls in times of conflict. It thus sets an important legal precedent in recognising … Continued

COLOMBIA – International Safe Abortion Day 2019

On 27 September, we commemorated in Colombia the right of women to choose freely for the International Day for Safe and Legal Abortion in the Park of the Journalists 4-8pm. (Hoy y mañana conmemoramos en Colombia el derecho de las mujeres a elegir libremente en el Día Internacional por un Aborto Legal y Seguro. Acompáñanos hoy en Bogotá en el Parque de los Periodistas a partir de las 4 pm.)

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