Vote in Brazil could lead to ban on abortion even for rape victims

The proposed abortion ban under all circumstances (including rape and in cases where the mother’s life is in danger) is part of a constitutional amendment approved by a special congressional committee in November. The committee has to vote on the final text of the proposed amendment, before it goes to the full Chamber of Deputies for a vote. To become law and amend the Constitution, the legislation would need a super majority – or three-fifths of votes – in both houses of Congress, and the president’s signature. Currently the procedure is only allowed in the case of rape or if the pregnancy puts the mother’s life at risk. The proposal to constitutionally amend the law has brought forth massive protests by Brazilian women and civil society activists.