Colombia Legalizes Abortion Up to 24 Weeks

Colombia on Feb. 21 has legalized abortion during the first 24 weeks of pregnancy.

The Colombian Constitutional Court ruled five against four in favor of partially decriminalize abortion, the latest country in Latin America to do so.

Abortion rights advocates marched in capital Bogota and other major cities to celebrate the ruling, which they hailed as a “historic victory” for the country’s feminist movements.

The ruling came after a two-decade campaign to remove abortion from the criminal code.

“Now, instead of punishing them, the Colombian authorities will have to recognize their autonomy over their bodies and their life plans,” Amnesty International Americas Director Erika Guevara-Rosas said in a statement.

While Guevara-Rosas described the ruling as “a vital step forward,” she also said it was “vital that we keep pushing for full access to safe and legal abortion in all circumstances in Colombia and beyond.”

The ruling followed recent decisions in Mexico and Argentina to decriminalize abortion.


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