On Wednesday, February 23 at 19:30 GMT:
Colombia’s constitutional courtroom voted on Monday to decriminalise abortions inside the first 24 weeks of being pregnant. Activists referred to as the ruling “historic” for Latin America, a predominantly Catholic and conservative area that has proven current indicators of change in direction of reproductive rights.
The choice doesn’t take away abortion from Colombia’s penal code, however feminist teams nonetheless view the ruling as a victory for increasing ladies’s rights.
In 2006, Colombia partially legalised abortion, making exceptions for instances of rape, deadly fetal deformity, and the place the lifetime of the mom is threatened. In all different instances, ladies looking for abortions risked legal prosecution and imprisonment.
Monday’s constitutional courtroom ruling was the results of a 2020 lawsuit introduced by the Causa Justa coalition of feminist and reproductive rights teams. They argued that the present regulation is unconstitutional as a result of it denies the fitting of healthcare to ladies.
Girls’s rights advocates say that criminalising abortion pushes ladies in direction of unsafe and clandestine options which might put their lives in danger. And those that have been raped or fall underneath the authorized exceptions should still select unsafe abortion choices as a result of heavy social stigma.
Attitudes in direction of abortion have been shifting in different Latin American nations as effectively. In 2020, Argentina authorised abortions as much as 14 weeks of being pregnant. Final September, Mexico’s Supreme Court docket dominated that legal penalties for abortions are unconstitutional. And this week, Ecuador made abortion authorized for instances the place the being pregnant is the results of rape.
In majority-Catholic Colombia, many hardline anti-abortion activists imagine all abortions are equal to homicide and that different paths equivalent to adoption must be thought of.
On this episode of The Stream, we’ll focus on the problems surrounding decriminalising abortion in Colombia. Be a part of the dialog.
On this episode of The Stream, we converse with:
Mariana Ardila, @LaMariArdila
Spokesperson, Causa Justa
Natalia Bernal Cano, @natikcano
Professor of Constitutional Legislation, Javeriana College
Megan Janetsky, @meganjanetsky