Colombia Decriminalized Abortion


Colombia became the latest country in Latin America to partially decriminalize abortion.

Marking a significant victory for the nation's feminist movements.

Reflecting a wider shift in views toward the procedure across the region.

The country's Constitutional Court ruled in favor of legalizing abortion up until 24 weeks of pregnancy.

The supreme tribunal announced in a statement.

Abortion rights advocates reacted on Monday with marches in Bogota, the capital, and other major cities.

Having campaigned for two decades to remove abortion from the country's criminal code.

Abortion in Colombia has only been legal under three circumstances:

When the life or health of the woman is at risk.

If the fetus has malformations that make it nonviable or

When the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.

Now, the court ruled that women seeking an abortion up to the 24th week of their pregnancy will not face prosecution.

Abortion after 24 weeks remains illegal, except if one of those three circumstances is present.

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