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.
It comes a month after Mexico, a predominantly Catholic country, became the latest country in Latin America to decriminalize abortion on Sep. 6.
In 2020, Argentina became the largest Latin American country to legalize abortion after a long push by women’s rights activists.
This was followed by Colombia in 2022.
Now, Brazil’s Supreme Court is also deciding on whether abortion should be decriminalized.
Thousands of women in Latin America, which is predominantly Catholic, die each year from unsafe abortions.
In countries like Chile, abortion is currently only allowed in cases of rape, risk of life to the mother or birth defects.
In El Salvador, abortion is completely banned, even in cases of rape or when the mother’s life is at risk.
Argentina, Uruguay, Cuba and Guyana have legalized the procedure.