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Colombia’s Highest Court Legalises Abortion up to 24 Weeks

Colombia’s Highest Court Legalises Abortion Up To 24 Weeks

Columbia has become the latest country in Latin America to expand access to abortion. This happened on Monday as the nation’s Constitutional Court voted to legalize the procedure until the 24th week of pregnancy.

The decision by the tribunal of nine judges fell short of the expectations of pro-choice groups that had been pushing for abortion to be completely decriminalized in Colombia.

Despite all that, many described it as a historic event by women’s rights groups. These estimate 400,000 women get clandestine abortions in the country each year.

Before the ruling, Colombia allowed abortions only when a woman’s life was in danger, a fetus had malformations or a pregnancy resulted from rape.

Women in Columbia will now be able to get abortions until the 24th week of their pregnancy. This is without having to provide any justification.

After the 24th week of pregnancy, they will still restrict abortion to women whose health is in danger.

Elsewhere in Latin America, Argentina, Uruguay and Cuba also allow abortions without restrictions until certain stages of pregnancy.

Latin America is also a region where some countries prohibit the termination of pregnancy without exception. including El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras and the Dominican Republic.

In other news earlier reported by NEWSLEXPOINT.comthe abortion pill that has been in use, since 2000 & 1988 in U.S and France respectively, was finally approved in Canada by the health authorities within the country.

Drug RU-486 known as “Abortion pill” has been under pending approval according to health officials in Canada since 2012.

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