Brazil: doctors advocate the decriminalisation of abortion

Publié le : 28 March 2013

 On Thursday 21 March, "the Federal Medical Council of Brazil and the 27 regional Councils that represent the country’s 400,000 doctors advocated the decriminalisation of abortion up to three months of pregnancy." Currently in Brazil, abortion is authorised in the case of rape or a danger to the life of the mother. The doctors wish to increase "the cases where abortion would be legal such as anencephaly (absence of brain) or incurable abnormalities of the foetus and if the pregnant woman so wishes, up to the twelfth week of pregnancy." The Brazilian Senate, which consulted doctors, also wishes to "reform the penal code on this subject."

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