Chile court revokes complete ban on abortion

The Chilean Constitutional Tribunal upheld women’s rights when it ruled that a new law which seeks to end complete criminalisation of abortion in Chileis constitutionalChile’s abortion law was amended in August, 2017 to decriminalize abortion in the limited circumstances of life of risk to the life of the pregnant woman or girl; pregnancy resulting from rape; or non-viability of the fetus, but was challenged immediately thereafter in Court for being unconstitutional.

Under articles 342 (3) and 344 of the old law, an abortion initiated by a pregnant woman or another person was punishable by up to five years in prison, irrespective of the grounds for the same. Before the adoption of the new law and the court’s ruling, Chile was one of very few countries in the world where abortion is criminalized with no exceptions.