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Brazil: Hundreds of women marched in Rio de Janeiro to demand the legalization of abortion

Hundreds of women marched in Rio de Janeiro to express the legalization of abortion in Brazil. They marched a breakthrough for abortion supporters in neighbouring Argentina, where the lower house of Congress approved a bill this month that would legalise elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.

Carrying banners reading “rich (women) abort but the poor die” and chanting slogans in support of abortion legalisation, the protesters in Rio marched from the state assembly to the city council late Friday. “A woman should not be forced to be a mother,” said Tina Tigri, a producer of cultural events who has two children and participated in the protest. “We just want it (abortion) to be legal, safe, in a hospital”.

In August, Brazil’s lower house will debate abortion in a public audience. Congress’ decision will help the Supreme Court decision on a case presented last year when a woman filed a petition to abort because a new child would emotionally and financially affect her family. It is unclear when the Supreme Court will debate the case.

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Abortion in Brazil, home to the largest population of Roman Catholics and fast-growing evangelical faiths, is legal in three cases: when a woman’s life is in danger if a woman has been raped, or when a fetus has anencephaly, a malformation of the brain.

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