December 11, 2005
Group to Challenge Colombia’s Abortion Ban
Days after Colombia's highest court rejected a case challenging the country's complete prohibition on abortion, an international women's rights group says it will file another suit on Monday. Monica Roa, a Bogota lawyer who works for Women's Link Worldwide, said that "the problems continue to exist, women die and we have to find a solution." Roa had sought to legalize abortion when a mother's life is in danger, when the fetus is expected to die from abnormalities or when the pregnancy is the result of rape. A lawsuit was rejected Wednesday by the nine-member Constitutional Court on technical grounds had claimed that Colombia's complete ban on abortion violated its obligations to international human rights treaties ensuring a woman's right to life and health. Source: Juan Forero, New York Times, Bradenton.com. For more information, please click here (last visited December 11, 2005, reo).
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