Abortion in Venezuela

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Abortion in Venezuela is illegal except in cases of a threat to the life of the pregnant woman. The punishment for a woman who has an abortion otherwise is six months to two years in prison and the punishment for a doctor or other person who performs the procedure is one to three years. Harsher penalties may be applied if the pregnant woman dies as a result of the procedure.[1]

In May 2006, Pope Benedict XVI met with President Hugo Chavez and expressed his worry over the possibility that Chavez would loosen abortion laws in Venezuela.[2]

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