Following a trend across Latin America, Colombia decriminalises abortion – making it legal up to 24 weeks.
By Megan Janetsky
Published On 22 Feb 2022
Bogota, Colombia – “Ya es ley.” Now it’s law.
That was the
chant that echoed outside Colombia’s Constitutional Court building Monday in a
sea of green handkerchiefs.
In a landmark decision, the court decriminalised abortion procedures up to 24
weeks of gestation, paving the way for greater abortion access in the largely
With a majority vote in the Constitutional Court this week, Colombia could become the first country in Latin America to remove abortion from its penal code.
November 17, 2021
A few months after arriving in Colombia with her three children, Evaluna, a then 22-year-old migrant from Venezuela, discovered she was pregnant.
“I felt scared; I was very depressed,” she said, after finding out the news. “I had no way of maintaining [the baby] because I didn’t have a job.”