Thou­sands protest Brazil abor­tion ban

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RIO DE JANEIRO : Thou­sands of women marched through the streets of Rio de Janeiro to protest a re­cent con­gres­sional com­mit­tee vote to make abor­tion il­le­gal with­out ex­cep­tion in Brazil.

Many pro­test­ers car­ried their chil­dren in their arms or on their shoul­ders, shout­ing: “Our bod­ies are ours!”.

Scuf­fles broke out be­tween pro­test­ers and po­lice when the march reached the Rio state leg­is­la­ture.

Po­lice fired tear gas, but calm soon re­turned.

Abor­tion is cur­rently al­lowed in Brazil in cases of rape, a preg­nancy that threat­ens a woman’s life or a foe­tus with anen­cephaly, a birth de­fect in­volv­ing the brain.

But the con­gres­sional com­mit­tee last week adopted a mea­sure that would re­move those ex­cep­tions, pro­vok­ing wide­spread ou­trage though many Brazil­ians hold con­ser­va­tive views on abor­tion. — AP

Moth­ers and daugh­ters: Thou­sands of Brazil­ians protest­ing against a con­tro­ver­sial Bill which aims to cut the right to abor­tion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. — AFP

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