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Women In Latin America Took To The Streets To Protest For The Right To Safe And Legal Abortions

Thousands of women in Latin America, which is predominantly Catholic, die each year from unsafe abortions. ⁣

On Thursday, Sep. 28, International Safe Abortion Day, women across Latin America took to the streets to advocate for safe, legal and stigma-free abortion.

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Members of feminist organizations demonstrate in favour of the decriminalization of abortion on International Safe Abortion Day, in Mexico City. (Photo by SILVANA FLORES/AFP via Getty Images)

It comes a month after Mexico, a predominantly Catholic country, became the latest country in Latin America to decriminalize abortion on Sep. 6.

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Members of feminist organizations demonstrate in favour of the decriminalization of abortion on International Safe Abortion Day, in Mexico City. (Photo by SILVANA FLORES/AFP via Getty Images)

In 2020, Argentina became the largest Latin American country to legalize abortion after a long push by women’s rights activists.

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Children take part in a march in defense of legal abortion in Buenos Aires
(Photo by EMILIANO LASALVIA/AFP via Getty Images)
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In this aerial view women take part in a march in defense of legal abortion in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by EMILIANO LASALVIA/AFP via Getty Images)

This was followed by Colombia in 2022.

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Members of feminist organizations demonstrate in favour of the decriminalization of abortion on International Safe Abortion Day, in Bogota, Colombia. (Photo by VANESSA JIMENEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, Brazil’s Supreme Court is also deciding on whether abortion should be decriminalized.

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Women hold signs in support of legal abortion during a march on International Safe Abortion Day at Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on September 28, 2023. (Photo by MIGUEL SCHINCARIOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Thousands of women in Latin America, which is predominantly Catholic, die each year from unsafe abortions. ⁣

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“Deciding makes us free, not forced motherhood” can be read on a cardboard when on International Safe Abortion Day in Lima, Peru.(Photo by Carlos Garcia Granthon/Fotoholica Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

In countries like Chile, abortion is currently only allowed in cases of rape, risk of life to the mother or birth defects.

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A member of a feminist organization demonstrates in favour of the decriminalization of abortion on International Safe Abortion Day, in front of the Supreme Court in Santiago, Chile. (Photo by MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP via Getty Images)
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An activist holds a sign the reads “Legal abortion for trans men” during a demonstration in front of the national assembly in favor of the decriminalization of the abortion on the International Safe Abortion Day in Caracas, Venezuela. (Photo by Gaby Oraa/Getty Images)

In El Salvador, abortion is completely banned, even in cases of rape or when the mother’s life is at risk.

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An abortion right activist takes part in a demonstration in favor of the decriminalization of the abortion on the International Safe Abortion Day (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Argentina, Uruguay, Cuba and Guyana have legalized the procedure. 

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“Neither a whore for fucking, nor a mother for duty, nor a prisoner for aborting, nor a dead woman for trying” can be read on a placard when on International Safe Abortion Day in Lima, Peru. (Photo by Carlos Garcia Granthon/Fotoholica Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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