Colombia decriminalizes abortion up to 24 weeks of pregnancy

The Constitutional Court of Colombia on Monday decriminalized abortion up to 24 weeks of pregnancy in this predominantly Catholic country.

“Abortion will only be punishable when performed after the twenty-fourth (24) week of pregnancy”, the court said in a statement. After this period, abortion will only be possible in three specific cases, as already provided for by law: in the event of danger to the life of the mother, genetic malformation for the fetus or in the event of rape.

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