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Abortion laws in Latin America

Abortion laws in Latin America

The Zika virus is suspected of causing birth defects, pushing the abortion debate to the forefront in the region as well as some Caribbean nations. Here are the current laws on abortion:

Abortion is legal in these countries

*Parental authorization required


Abortion is illegal alltogether in these countries


Abortion is illegal, except to save a woman’s life

*Also in cases of rape and fetal impairment, decided at state level.

**Also in cases of rape and fetal impairment. Parental authorization required.

***Also in cases of rape.


Abortion is illegal, except to preserve health and to save a woman’s life

*Also in cases of rape.

**Also in cases of rape and incest.


Abortion is illegal, except to preserve physical and mental health and to save a woman’s life

*Also in cases of rape, incest and fetal impairment.

**Parental authorization required. ***Also in cases of rape and incest.


Abortion is illegal, except to preserve physical and mental health, socioeconomic grounds and to save a woman’s life

*Also in cases of fetal impairment.

**Also in cases of rape, incest and fetal impairment.

***Also in cases of rape, incest and fetal impairment. Parental authorization required.

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Source: Guttmacher Institute

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