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Chile court ruling ends abortion ban; new law allows in limited cases

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 01:13

Chile moves to legalise abortion for some cases, relaxing the country's strict abortion laws. No reporter narration.

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EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS PROFANITY (ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) A Chilean court on Monday (August 21) ruled that a law legalizing abortion is constitutional in certain cases, a win for President Michelle Bachelet's center-left coalition and for groups that have campaigned for years against the country's strict ban. With the decision by Chile's Constitutional Court, women in the South American nation will be allowed to seek an abortion when their life is in danger, when a fetus is unviable or when a pregnancy results from rape. Chile was one of only a handful of countries worldwide where abortion was illegal without exception. The ban was put in place during the closing days of Augusto Pinochet's 1973-1990 dictatorship, and Bachelet introduced a bill to loosen the prohibition soon after taking office for a second time in 2014. The abortion bill was passed in its final form earlier in August, but conservative legislators then challenged its constitutionality. After listening to over 130 organizations over several days, the Constitutional Court rejected that challenge largely along partisan lines, meaning the bill now becomes law. Following the decision, women's' rights groups as well as left-leaning and centrist political parties celebrated outside the court in downtown Santiago.

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Chile court ruling ends abortion ban; new law allows in limited cases

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 01:13