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Health Minister reveals support for legal abortion in Brazil

.- Brazil’s Health Minister, Jose Gomes Temporao, announced publicly this week that he supports efforts to legalize abortion in the country, even though 65% of Brazilians oppose such an idea.

In statements to the Brazilian daily “Folha de Sao Paulo,” which published the poll results, Gomes Temporao said, “From the standpoint of public health, I am now in favor of legalization.”  He said he was not expressing an official government “position” because “at this time the government does not have a position on this issue.”  

The poll showing that 65% of Brazilians oppose the legalization of abortion was carried out by the Datafolha firm.  Currently Brazil allows abortion only in cases of rape or life of the mother.

Only 16% of respondents said the law should be broadened and 10% support abortion on demand.

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