Chile Legalizes Abortion For First Time Since 1989


Chile’s high court has upheld a law legalizing abortion in Chile for the first time since it was outlawed in 1989 by General Augusto Pinochet.

Chile’s parliament has passed a bill allowing abortion in cases of rape, danger to the mother’s life, and fetal disability, and Chile’s socialist President Michelle Bachelet has promised to sign it.

Planned Parenthood and Amnesty International are celebrating the court decision as a “victory.”

“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 reform opens the door for them to be able to fully enjoy their sexual and reproductive rights.”

Guevara-Ross’s statement is indicative of what abortion proponents in Chile really see this bill as – just the first step in passing even more permissive abortion laws.

With Chile’s pro-life law decimated, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Suriname are the only countries that still completely protect pre-born babies from abortion.


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