Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Illegal Abortion in Brazil.

In Brazil abortion is illegal with exceptions for rape and the health of the mother. Yet as anyone could predict, illegal abortions are being performed (as we all know outlawing abortion does nothing for reducing the need, only creating dangerous and unsafe conditions). The BBC recently reported that a family planning clinic has come under investigation for performing abortions and approximately 1,200 women are involved. According to the BBC

"Some 150 women have been charged and at least 30 have been sentenced to do community work...community work in creches or schools for disabled children."

As you can imagine, this is causing outrage by human rights organizations and women's groups. More specifically, it seems like there needs to be a dialogue about this in Brazil and hopefully a change in law. What do you think?

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