Brazilian Supreme Court Takes Step Towards Decriminalizing Abortion

Case involving employees of an abortion clinic could set precedent for allowing abortions at the beginning of pregnancies
By plus55 on Nov 30, 2016

Four Brazilian Supreme Court Justices ruled on Tuesday that abortion should not be a crime when performed in the first three months of pregnancy. The decision concerns a specific case around employees of a clandestine abortion in Rio’s metropolitan area. It could, however, set a precedent for broader decisions on the issue.

For Justice Luís Roberto Barroso, the anti-abortion articles in the Criminal Code disrespect women’s basic rights. “Women bear alone the burden of pregnancy. Therefore, there will only exist gender equality if women have the right to decide whether to continue a pregnancy or not,” he wrote in his decision.

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