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The new bureaucratic ban postpones the debate on abortion in Colombia

The new bureaucratic ban postpones the debate on abortion in Colombia
This content was released on February 10, 2022 – 01:02

Bogot, Feb. 9 (EFE) .- The debate over the innocence of more than two months of abortion in Colombia’s Constitutional Court was again stalled by bureaucratic sanctions this Thursday. Magistrates consider it an offense under criminal law to withdraw it.

The eight judges and the appointed deputy judge met again today to discuss one of the cases in Colombia seeking to make abortion a crime, which is currently only allowed for three reasons: when the mother’s health or life is in danger; If it is the result of rape or sexual misconduct, or if there is a defect in the fetus, the remaining cases are punishable by up to four and a half years in prison.

However, they were unable to reach an agreement in the face of dozens of withdrawal requests against Deputy Judge Juan Carlos Henavo of the Anti-Abortion Commission, who believes he was impartial in making decisions on the matter, and he was appointed. The new associate judges will have to decide on the stated challenges.

“The full chamber of the Constitutional Court sent 2 co-judges to decide on the suitability of the challenges against co-judge Juan Carlos Henavo,” the court said.

These co-judges are Ruth Stella Correa and Mauricio Fazardo, but the case has been “suspended again” to see if it will be on the agenda of the full forum next week, although feminist committees have promised to make the appointment. Magistrate Christina Bardot, known for her conservative positions as the new chairwoman of the court, will soon help make Abortion the first issue of the day.

A tight vote

Magistrates of the Constitutional Court had already voted on February 3 to remove the money, but after accepting the ban on the impartiality of the ninth judge, the votes were four in favor and four against, and a second judge had to be appointed. Henow became a former magistrate by lottery.

“As it is more than 500 days since the case was filed and no discussion has taken place to date, we hope as a movement that the court will decide on the challenges soon,” he told Efe. Constitutional Court, Aura Carolina Cuasapud Arteaga, spokeswoman for the Just Cass feminist movement and advocate for the Catholic Organization for the Right to Decision.

Feminists, wearing their distinctive green scarves, chanted in support of the decriminalization of abortion, and once again gathered at the headquarters of the Constitutional Court in Bogot கேட்க to hear “court yes.”

“It is very important that the court makes an immediate decision,” Quasaput said, noting the fact that “women and girls in Colombia endanger their lives and health by performing unsafe abortions.”

By 2020, there were 4,268 mothers of 10 to 14-year-old girls in Colombia, and this type of sexual intercourse is considered rape, so may fall within the grounds for a legal abortion.

Abortion is the fourth leading cause of maternal mortality in the country, and it is estimated that less than 10% of the 400,000 cases performed each year in Colombia are performed with a guarantee by health care providers. EFE

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