Efforts to legalize abortion in Colombia continue despite high court’s ruling


Two days after Colombia’s Constitutional Court ruled against legalizing abortion in the country because of “a lack of arguments” in the case, a pro-abortion congressman announced that he would resubmit a bill to Congress this week that would allow for abortion under “special circumstances.”

José Luis Arcila said consideration of his bill was postponed in anticipation of the high court’s ruling on the question of legalizing abortion. He acknowledged he would face serious opposition in the Colombian Congress.

At the same time, Monica Roa—the lawyer who argued the abortion case before the Constitutional Court—said she would also continue her efforts to legalize the practice.

“We have to begin again and this could take several months because it would be a totally new process, from the legal point of view,” she told Caracol Radio.

Roa said she would analyze the Court’s ruling in order “to correct it and submit it again.”

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