Bolivia moves to relax abortion rules
Women’s rights groups in Bolivia hope that an overhaul of the penal code could lead to a relaxation of restrictive abortion rules – and may mark a step towards decriminalisation.
The lower house of congress is expected to debate an article in coming weeks that would broaden the conditions under which an abortion could be performed.
Abortion is currently outlawed except for cases of rape, incest and danger to the health of the woman. Until recently terminations under these circumstances had to be authorised by a judge.
The revised penal code article, which has been approved by the constitutional committee of the lower house, would allow a woman to terminate her pregnancy in the first eight weeks without penalty under a range of circumstances. Campaigners see the change as a step in the right direction.