Chile: Celebrations and protests as constitutional court eases abortion ban

Anti-abortion protesters and pro-abortion campaigners convened outside Chile's constitutional court, in Santiago, on Monday, as judges ruled 6 to 4 in favour of easing the total ban on abortion. Jubilant supporters of abortion rights cheered outside the court. One activist said, «This is one less injustice, now we will work for the total social and legal decriminalisation of abortion, in order... Еще to recognise the dignity of women and our right to decide in all circumstances, that is the next step.» Meanwhile, anti-abortion campaigners laid flowers outside the courts and held up placards of aborted foetuses. The court's decision does not legalise abortion purely upon the decision of the mother, but rather permits it in three scenarios: cases of rape; threat to the life of the mother; a nonviable foetus. Before this ruling, Chile was one of only seven majority Roman Catholic countries that completely bans abortion. While the country originally legalised abortion for medical complications in 1931, a total ban was put in place 58 years later, under the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet.

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