Reversing its complete ban on abortion under any circumstances, Colombia will now grant access to abortion when a pregnancy results from incest or rape or when the woman's life is endangered. According to the Associated Press (AP), Chile and El Salvador remain the only Latin American countries with a total ban on abortion.
After Colombia's Constitutional Court rejected a lawsuit demanding access to abortion late last year, Colombian lawyer Monica Roa filed a second suit in December 2005 that specifically addressd the questions raised by the Court in hope of overturning the ban. The AP reports that Colombia’s Constitutional Court has legalized abortion under certain conditions by a 5-3 vote. The decision cannot be overruled with the country’s Supreme Court.
Speaking to the AP after the decision was announced, Roa stated, “The Court fulfilled its duty in recognizing the right of Colombian women.”
Media Resources: Associated Press 5/11/06; Feminist Daily News Wire 12/14/05
4/15/2014 Virginia Bishops Advocate More Abortion Restrictions for Poor Women - Using the Medicaid expansion debate as a platform, the Virginia Catholic Conference issued a statement Friday calling for the repeal of a Virginia law that allows state funding of abortion care for Medicaid recipients in situations where the fetus exhibits a "gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity" or a "gross and totally incapacitating mental deficiency."
Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of the Diocese of Richmond and Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington authored the statement which urges Virginia lawmakers to act to expand Medicaid to cover more of Virginia's poor. . . .