Controversial Ruling Threatens Abortion Access in Uruguay and Beyond
Mar 14, 2017
In 2012, Uruguay changed its law to allow abortions up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. But a judge's ruling that a woman could not have an abortion without her ex-partner's consent sets a dangerous and possibly globally influential precedent valuing the fetus and father's wishes over those of the pregnant person.
A recent case in Uruguay has fueled a divisive public conversation about abortion in the country, where legal abortion is still very new.
On February 24, a Uruguayan local family judge ruled that a 24-year-old woman could not terminate her 10-week pregnancy after the woman’s ex-boyfriend tried to stop her from going through with the procedure.
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