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Chile Rolls Back Strict Anti-Abortion Laws Imposed Under Military Dictatorship

HeadlineAug 22, 2017

In Chile, pro-choice activists have won a landmark victory, as the Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of legislation that rolls back one of the world’s strictest anti-abortion laws, imposed under Chile’s military dictatorship nearly three decades ago. The court ruling comes after years of organizing and protest by women across Chile. It will legalize abortion in cases of rape, when a mother’s life is in danger or when the fetus is unviable. Chilean women celebrated the court ruling on Monday.

Chilean activist: “I decide. I decide. I’m free now to decide. I decide. No [expletive] conservative is going to tell me what I have to do with my uterus. I decide.”

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