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Chile lawmakers lift abortion ban

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  19 March 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Santiago, March 18: Chile’s lower house of Congress has approved a proposal that lifts a ban on abortion in cases of rape, when there is health risk for the mother, or when the foetus is not viable, the media reported on Friday. The proposal was approved on Thursday by 66 to 44 votes, BBC reported. Although it needs Sete approval to become law. The government, which tabled the bill 14 months ago, maged to get the support of some members of the conservative Christian Democrats. Chile is one of seven Latin American countries where there is still a total ban on abortion. It allowed abortion until 1989. The others are El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua and Surime. Only Cuba, Guya, Puerto Rico and Uruguay allow abortions in cases other than rape, incest or threats to a woman’s health. In 2012, Uruguay’s congress voted rrowly to legalise abortions during the first 12 weeks of pregncy. In Mexico, only Mexico City has legalised abortion, during the first 12 weeks. (IANS)

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