Bogotá, Colombia, Feb 23, 2022 / 15:00 pm
The president of Colombia, Iván Duque Márquez, rejected Tuesday the Constitutional Court’s decision to depenalize abortion up to 24 weeks of pregnancy.
“We are facing a decision that concerns the entire Colombian society and five people cannot propose something as atrocious to a nation as allowing a life to be interrupted up to six months of gestation,” the president told Colombian media Feb. 22.
On Feb. 21, the Constitutional Court of Colombia ruled 5-4 that abortion “will only be punishable when performed after the twenty-fourth (24) week of pregnancy and, in any case, this time limit will not apply to the three grounds established in ruling C-355 of 2006.”
This means that until the 24th week of pregnancy, abortion will not be a punishable crime, and that after this period it can be performed with no upper gestational limit on the grounds of risk to the life of the mother, sexual abuse, or fetal deformity.