“Practices such as ‘preventing patients from having an abortion, providing misleading legal and medical information, and refusing to refer their patients, or to object on a case-by-case basis’ are exactly the kind of practices that fall into the category of barriers and unjustified denial of services not based on conscience, but on the sole fact of not agreeing with a woman’s decision and not recognizing her right to have an abortion.”
May 2016 is for us a month full of symbolism. It was ten years ago when the history of abortion in Colombia changed forever. The Constitutional Court recognized abortion as a fundamental right of all Colombian women on three grounds: when the pregnancy poses a risk to life or health of the woman, when there is severe fetal malformation and when the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. Thanks to this ruling, abortion is for all Colombians a fundamental right.
Colombia’s Prosecutor General Eduardo Montealegre has urged the country’s Congress to decriminalise abortion up to 24 weeks of pregnancy. The high number of illegal abortions in the country has sparked much debate on the need to reform abortion laws in Colombia.
Reaching the moveable middle on abortion in Latin America By Mónica Roa of Women’s Link Worldwide, originally published at Open Society Foundations (available here) In Colombia, as in much of Latin America, simply legalizing abortion often isn’t enough. September 28 … Continued