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Feminists: Condemnation of postponement of abortion innocence in Colombia

This content was released on 19 November 2021 – 17:37

BOGOTA, Nov. 19 (EFE) .- Feminist organizations have filed a lawsuit in Colombia’s Constitutional Court seeking to have the crime of abortion removed from the Penal Code, promising “a sentence” to extend that court’s decision. For women and girls in the country.

“Every day that the crime of abortion passes without being removed from the penal code is condemned for women and girls in Colombia,” Mariana Artila, a women’s liaison lawyer, told a news conference after reading a statement from Gaza Justa, which presented one of the cases. , Commented on the adjournment of the decision to be taken by the court.

The Constitutional Court this Thursday suspended the expiration terms of the abortion debate, which forced the judges to make a decision later this Friday.

The problem of formal nature arose after one of the magistrates, Alejandro Linares, requested that he be barred from voting after reporting to the media on a case he believed would damage his image.

“Sadness and Happiness”

The full chamber of the Constitutional Court discussed abortion on Thursday, but eventually they voted in the case of Magistrate Linares, forcing a joint judge outside the nine magistrates to attach that decision in a balanced vote. Can vote on the important issue of abortion.

“It is even sadder and sadder that this happened one day after the end we expected,” said Ana Christina Gonzalez, a physician and founder of the Table for Life and Women’s Health and a pioneer of Gaza Justa. Be the most vulnerable women facing this decision. “

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Precisely because of inequality in access to rural women or minors is one of the compelling reasons given by the Gaza Jasta court to consider the crime of abortion as unconstitutional, which they describe as “ineffective, counterproductive and unjustified”.

However, the site, which brings together nearly a hundred feminist and human rights organizations, believes that this is only an “incarnation” and that its proposal “already exists because more than 10 requests have been canceled and many more have been disbursed and disqualified.” .

Women consider Linares’ ban on being one of the five magistrates who will vote in favor of the abolition of the currency “not on any legal basis” and in other cases the magistrates interviewed the media. . The court accepted these restrictions, so they consider their “impartiality not compromised.”

What is coming now

“It is important for the country to understand that this ban has nothing to do with the content of the case or the content of the decision or judgment to be issued by the Constitutional Court,” the organizations said.

Now the court must appoint this co-judge, who will decide whether Linares can proceed with this action and, if so, whether the debate will continue on an undecided date.

However, if Linnaeus is declared disabled, votes on money laundering are likely to be equal, and a new person will have to be appointed to break the balance, which will prolong the process.

“Please do it quickly. We have been waiting for this decision for more than a year. The consequences of not doing it every minute of every day are terrible for women and girls,” Gonzalez asked.

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Abortion is allowed in Colombia for only three reasons – rape, endangering the life of the mother or abortion – the fourth leading cause of maternal death in the country and is estimated at 400,000 per year. In the country, less than 10% are carried out in health institutions with proper controls.

About 70 women die each year from abortion complications, according to a report by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on the situation in Colombia. EFE

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