According to CCTV America, the Columbian Government is considering legalising abortion “without asking women to justify their decision”. The draft law proposed by the administration of President Juan Manuel Santos, “would allow women to terminate their pregnancy in the first 12 weeks”.
Columbian law already allows abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy but only “if the mother’s life or health is in jeopardy, in the event of a foetal deformity or in the case of rape”.
The Oriéntame Foundation, which “provides a medical advisory service for treatment and prevention in the area of sexual and reproductive health”, estimates that 400,000 women have recourse to “illegal abortions in Columbia every year”.
According to CCTV America, “if the law is adopted, Columbia will join forces with Uruguay, Guyana and French Guyana in a group of South American countries where abortions are authorised simply on request”.
CCTV America (20/11/2015)