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.
BREAKING: History is made. Chile rules in favor of easing its total abortion ban, allowing the procedure in three cases. #Aborto3Causales
— IPPF/WHR (@IPPF_WHR) August 21, 2017
Planned Parenthood and Amnesty International are celebrating the court decision as a “victory.”
Constitutional Court in Chile confirms decriminalisation of abortion under 3 circumstances. A victory for women's rights and feminist mvmts! pic.twitter.com/NbHUQTHArR
— Erika Guevara-Rosas (@ErikaGuevaraR) August 21, 2017
“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.