On 21 August 2017, Chile’s Constitutional Court validated the law decriminalising abortion in the case of rape, when the mother’s life is in danger and in the event of a non-viable foetus. It rejected by six votes to four, the two appeals lodged by the opposition Conservative MPs who invoked “a violation of the constitutional principle of the right to life” (see Chile: draft abortion bill presented to the Constitutional Court). Last week, before announcing its decision, the ten Constitutional Court Judges listed arguments for and against this bill, presented by 135 organisations and individuals.
To date, no grounds for abortion have been authorised by the Chilean Court. Between opponents and those in favour, the news triggered lively reactions from the population. The law will be enacted by President Michelle Bachelet who drafted the bill.