CHILE – Constitutional Court strikes down one part of the 2017 abortion regulations

By a vote of 8-2 on 13 December 2018, Chile’s Constitutional Court struck down a portion of the Regulation on Conscientious Objection of the Law on Abortion that prohibited private hospitals and clinics to refuse to perform abortions on grounds of conscience if they received state money for obstetric and gynaecological services. The Court had accepted an appeal in early December by senators of the Chile Vamos coalition (four centre-right parties headed by President Piñera), … Continued

CHILE – Triple stabbing at Chile abortion rights rally sparks outcry and commitment to continue

Human rights activists and feminist groups have expressed shock and anger after hooded attackers tried to stop the march and attacked three women at a huge rally in support of safe, legal abortion on 25 July in Santiago. One of the women was wounded in the abdomen and two others in the legs. A policeman was also hurt in the incident. “With the huge power and size that the feminist movement is reaching,” says the … Continued

CHILE – Gynuity collaborates with the National Abortion Federation and Chilean Ministry of Health to train abortion providers in Chile

As part of a joint project to support the introduction of legal abortion services in Chile, Gynuity and the National Abortion Federation (NAF) have been assisting the Chilean Ministry of Health (MINSAL) in training multidisciplinary teams of obstetrician-gynaecologists, midwives, social workers, and psychologists in medical abortion care and manual vacuum aspiration (MVA) for first and second trimester abortions. Since December 2017, MINSAL has conducted more than 20 three-day trainings in seven regional hospitals nationwide. NAF … Continued

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 – 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 – 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

The Senate has agreed two days to debate and vote on the abortion law reform bill

The Chilean Senate in committee is moving again on the abortion bill. This bill has gone further in the legislative process than any previous one since democracy was reinstituted in Chile. The current Committee set the dates of 17 July from 3pm to 9pm and 18 July from 3pm until the debate closes with a vote, to discuss the bill yet again and finalise its clauses. First, on 17 July, reports on the discussions in … 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

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.

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