In 6 South American countries, abortion is legal or decriminalized

Of the 13 countries on the continent, six have legalized or decriminalized the termination of pregnancy. Argentina, Chile, and Colombia are the most recent examples. Another six allow the procedure, but only in cases of high-risk pregnancies or as a result of rape.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - While in the U.S., the right to abortion may be restricted in several states, South America has seen a loosening of women's reproductive rights.

Of the 13 countries on the continent, six have legalized or decriminalized the termination of pregnancy. Argentina, Chile, and Colombia are the most recent examples.

Another six countries allow the procedure, but only in cases where the pregnancy may result in the woman's death or is the result of rape.

Brazil is in this group. Suriname is the only South American country that bans abortion in all circumstances.

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