Hundreds of women marched in Rio to demand legalization of abortion

Vastavam web: Hundreds of women marched in Rio de Janeiro to demand the legalization of abortion in Brazil.The march followed 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 yesterday.In August, Brazil’s lower house will debate abortion in a public audience. Congress’ decision will help the Supreme Court decide 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.

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.