Latin America: Week in Review, Uruguay

Uruguay Votes To Legalize Abortion

September 26, 2012 By Staff

Top Story — Uruguay’s Lower House voted 50-49 to legalize abortion on Tuesday, a different version of a bill that has already passed in the country’s Senate. The law, which is supported by President José Mujica, allows women to terminate pregnancies during the first 12 weeks and decriminalizes abortion of more advanced pregnancies in cases of risks to the mother’s health or advanced fetus deformity. The law aims to reduce the number of illegal abortions in Uruguay.

Cuba is the only other country in Latin America that has legalized abortion.

Read more at the Associated Press.

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