* Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.Subhead: Chile has taken steps to decriminalize abortion under certain circumstances. Also, during a press call this week, activists highlighted how the LGBT community is at risk in developing countries. Byline: WeNews staff
An abortion protest in Chile.
Credit: Photo by Ashoka Jegroo / The Santiago Times on Flickr, under Creative Commons
Amnesty International is applauding Chile's commitment to decriminalize abortion in cases where the pregnancy was the result of rape, the woman's life is in danger and when the fetus is not viable, calling it "a positive step forward to ensure and protect the rights of women and girls in the country." The reforms were announced as part of Chile's adoption of the recommendations made on June 19 as part of the United Nations Universal Periodic Review. Currently all abortions are illegal in Chile and women who have received an abortion can be imprisoned.
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