Colombia decriminalizes abortion up to 24 weeks of pregnancy

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Manifestantes pró-vida fazem ato em frente à Corte Constitucional da Colômbia, em Bogotá

Pro-life protesters rally in front of the Constitutional Court of Colombia in Bogotá| Photo: EFE/Carlos Ortega

The Constitutional Court of Colombia approved this Monday (17) the partial decriminalization of abortion, allowing the voluntary termination of pregnancy until 17 weeks, although it has not eliminated the crime from the Penal Code, the court said.

The decriminalization was accepted in an extraordinary session by five votes in favor and four against.

Until now, abortion was only allowed in Colombia for three reasons: when the the mother’s health or life is at risk; when it is the result of sexual violence or incest; or if there is malformation of the fetus, while in other cases it is punishable by up to four and a half years in prison.

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This is not, however, the elimination of the crime of abortion from the Code Criminal – it will continue to be punishable after 24 weeks when the three causes are not involved – as requested by feminist organizations.

Judges Cristina Pardo, Paola Andrea Meneses, Gloria Stella Ortiz and Jorge Enrique Ibáñez voted against , according to information provided as by the Court.

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