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22nd August 2017, 09:32:12 UTC

A decision by Chile’s Constitutional Tribunal today to support the decriminalisation of abortion under three circumstances represents an important win for human rights and for the protection of the lives and health of women and girls across the country, Amnesty International said.


Today’s ruling confirms that Chile’s Constitution allows for the decriminalisation of abortion when the pregnancy is a result of rape or incest, when the life of the pregnant woman is at risk, and in cases of fatal foetal impairment.


“Chile has finally moved one step closer to protecting the human rights of women and girls,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.


“This victory is testament to the work of millions of women across the Americas and the world who fight against draconian laws that punish women and push them to seeking clandestine and dangerous abortions, putting their health and lives at risk.”


“The real test now is to ensure the law is actually enforced, that women and girls are fully able to access the comprehensive health services they need and that this reform opens the door for them to be able to fully enjoy their sexual and reproductive rights.”


Chile was one of the few countries in the world with a total ban on abortion. Now, only seven countries criminalize abortion without exceptions, six of which are in the region: Dominican Republic, Haiti, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Suriname.


Read more:

Chile: Deputies must use historic opportunity to decriminalise abortion (News, 19 July 2017)