Colombia decriminalizes abortion in the first six months of pregnancy

Previously, abortion was only allowed in the case of rape, a threat to the mother's health or a malformation of the fetus.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A high court in Colombia on Monday (21) decriminalized abortion in the first 24 weeks of pregnancy. This is an unprecedented decision in the majority Catholic country, placing it among Latin American countries that have liberalized the practice.

According to the Constitutional Court's ruling, women can choose to terminate a pregnancy for any reason up to the sixth month of pregnancy without being punished.

Previously, abortion was only allowed in the case of rape, if the mother's health was at risk, or if the fetus had a malformation that endangered its survival, resulting in . . .

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