Brazil: New president of the House opens the road for anti-abortion provisions

2 Mar 2021
by Thais Rodrigues and Edson Sardinha*

Brazilian conservative and extreme -right
parlimentarians are planing to take advantage of the new presidency of the
House, MP Arthur Lira (from the Partido Progressista) to push through with
their anti-abortion propositions, which had been shelved by the former
president,  MP Rodrigo Maia (Democratas).
Having been supported in his election by the House Evangelical group and the
Parliamentary  Front against Abortion and
in Defense of Life, Lira will face much pressure on their part to open the way
for tougher  legislation against abortion
to be adopted. This agenda, however, faces 
resistance in other quarters of the Congress.