Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Colombia Upholds Abortion Laws as Legalization Battle Shifts to Argentina
From Wall Street Journal
Colombia’s top court Monday opted not to expand abortion rights but campaigners for the procedure now look to Argentina, where the new leftist president said he will propose a legalization bill to Congress by next week.
Both countries have become the focus of abortion legalization activists working to loosen Latin America’s strict laws against the procedure. But the effort in Colombia has for the moment been put on ice after magistrates of the Constitutional Court here voted 6-3 against a motion brought by the justice handling the case, Alejandro Linares, that sought to lift all restrictions on abortion through 16 weeks of pregnancy.
Arguing that abortion decriminalization was out of the purview of the court, the decision by the judges for now keeps intact a 14-year-old law here that permits abortion in three cases: rape, fetal abnormality or health risks to the mother.
The court’s move was a partial victory for conservative lawyers and politicians that had fought against efforts to expand abortion rights. But it also gave assurance to pro-abortion campaigners that the three broad grounds to legally perform the procedure would be protected.
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