Chile closer to legalizing abortion in special cases
Chilean lawmakers took a major step toward legalizing abortion in some cases on Wednesday, a dramatic development in one of Latin America’s most traditionally conservative countries. In a marathon session lasting well past midnight, the Senate voted to allow abortions when a mother’s life is in danger, when the fetus is not viable, and in cases of rape.
A version of the bill was approved in 2016 by the lower house, where it will return Wednesday for a vote on changes introduced by the Senate. President Michelle Bachelet supports the measure and has said she would sign the law.
But opposition lawmakers from the conservative political bloc Chile Vamos said they would appeal it to before Chile’s Constitutional Tribunal, which could rule it unconstitutional.