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Women's rights advocates: The postponement of the decriminalization of abortion in Colombia is an indictment

Women’s rights advocates: The postponement of the decriminalization of abortion in Colombia is an indictment

Photo taken today by Monica Cotes of the Cosa Justa Movement showing Laura Gil (I), Mariana Ardella (2J), Ana Cristina Gonzalez (C) Ora Coasabud (2D) and Cristina Rosero (D) spokespersons for the movement speaking during a press conference in Bogotá ( Colombia). EFE / Mónica Cótez from The Affair Movement

Bogotá, Nov. 19 (EFE). – Feminist organizations that filed the case before the Constitutional Court of Colombia to demand the removal of the crime of abortion from the Penal Code asserted that the decision of that court to extend the decision “is a punishment for women and girls” in the country.
“Every day that passes without the crime of abortion being repealed from the penal code is an indictment for women and girls in Colombia,” Women’s Link attorney Mariana Ardela said at a press conference, reading a statement from Cosa Justa, which presented one of the lawsuits. Commenting on the postponement of the decision that the court had to take.
The Constitutional Court on Thursday suspended the extension of the termination of the abortion debate, forcing the judges to make a decision no later than Friday.
The problem, of an official nature, arose after a judge’s request, Alejandro Linares, to declare himself barred from voting, after making statements to the media about the case, which he believed might damage his impartial image.
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The full chamber debated in the Constitutional Court Thursday about abortion, but in the end they simply voted on Justice Linares’ question, in a tie vote that forced a joint judge outside the nine justices to tie that decision and one time. To be able to vote on the core issue, that of abortion.
“It is still very sad and unfortunate that this happened one day after the decision we expected,” said Dr. To be the most vulnerable women who will face this decision.”
Specifically, unequal access to rural women or minors is one of the compelling reasons Cosa Justa gave the court to deem the crime of abortion unconstitutional, which they described as “ineffective, counterproductive and unfair”.
However, this platform, which includes nearly a hundred feminist and human rights organizations, believes that this is only an “avatar” and that there have already been and many other organizations have been withdrawn because their proposal “received more than 10 requests for revocation and disqualification ” Nevertheless, there was talk of decriminalization.
The women consider the impediment of Linaris, who was supposed to be one of the five judges who were to vote in favor of decriminalization, “has no legal basis”, and on other occasions where the judges gave interviews to the media the court accepted these impartialities so they considered that their “impartiality non-negotiable.”
What is coming now
The organizations demanded, “It is very important for the state to understand that this obstacle has nothing to do with the content of the case or the content of the decision or ruling that must be issued by the Constitutional Court.”
Now the court has to appoint this co-judge, who will decide whether Linaris can continue with the process and, if so, the debate will continue at an unspecified date.
However, if Linaris is declared disabled, it is very likely that the decriminalization vote will be restricted and a new person will have to be appointed to break parity, which will lengthen the process.
“Please do it quickly, we have been waiting for this decision for over a year and the consequences of not doing it every day and every minute are horrible for girls and women,” Gonzalez said.
Abortion, which is only allowed in Colombia for three reasons – rape, danger to the mother’s life or fetal malformation – is the fourth cause of maternal death in the country and it is estimated that out of the 400,000 performed annually in India in the country, less than 10% are performed in health institutions With proper controls.
About 70 women die each year from complications of miscarriage, according to a report by Doctors Without Borders on the situation in Colombia.

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