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Colombia: Petro would favor abortion in his labor reform bill

The labor reform bill proposed by Colombia’s president, Gustavo Petro, would contemplate granting a paid leave of absence from work of two to four weeks to women who have abortions, either in involuntary cases or in those in which the mother decides to terminate the pregnancy.

As reported by local media Blu Radio, the initiative has been widely criticized for contemplating a few levels of simultaneous debate between the Colombian government, unions, and trade unions before being presented to the local Parliament.

Colombia’s president, Gustavo Petro (Photo internet reproduction)

Instead, the Executive has decided to negotiate with each side separately.

“This reform has a centrality: the centrality is a labor stability that takes out of uncertainty so many men and women who every day are worried, crying, feeling bewilderment because they do not know if the next day they will be able to work or not”, said Minister of Labor, Gloria Inés Ramírez, about the reform project.

Petro’s Executive must present his project to the Colombian Congress on March 16.

With information from LGI

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