Abortion in Colombia

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Abortion in Colombia is illegal except in case of the threat to life or health of the woman, if the pregnancy is the result of rape, or when the fetus is expected to die after birth because of severe fetal abnormalities. It was completely illegal until 2006, when (as a result of the Marta Gonzalez case) legislation was passed making it legal in the above circumstances.[1]

The punishment for a woman who has an illegal abortion is up to three years in prison and the punishment for a doctor or other person who performs the procedure illegally (even if medically licensed to do so) is also up to three years.[2]


  1. ^ McDermott, Jeremy (25 August 2006). "First legal abortion in Colombia". BBC News (Bogota). Retrieved 2012-05-27. 
  2. ^ "First Legal Abortion Performed In Colombia Following Authorization From Country's High Court". Medical News Today. 30 August 2006. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 

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