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WAS statement about limitations of abortion rights in Brazil (PEC 181)

  WAS statement about limitations of abortion rights in Brazil (PEC 181) 11th December 2017 In Brazil, abortion is only permissible in cases of rape, when a pregnancy threatens the woman’s life, and in the case of very serious brain damage of the fetus (anencephaly). Consequently, around one million abortions are performed illegally each year, with many of these under unsafe conditions. The Brazilian Ministry of Health reported that at least 181,000 women were treated in 2015 for complications of illegal abortion, of which 59 women died. Reports indicate that 60% of complicated abortions occur in women under 20 years of (more…)