Chile’s president defiant over abortion changes

By Reeta Chakrabarti, BBC News
29 September 2016

Chile is one of only six nations in the world where a woman can be prosecuted for having an abortion whatever the circumstances. Its first female president, Michelle Bachelet, is trying to change that, against stiff opposition.

"I believe that women should have legally the possibility of making their own choices. In this country until now this is criminalised - if you interrupt your pregnancy, you will go to jail. And I believe this is not fair," Ms Bachelet told me.

"Women could be in an unhealthy situation because of rape, et cetera, and there might be women who don't want babies in that situation."

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