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Will Bolivia legalize abortion?

On June 24, Bolivia's Constitutional Court will review a challenge calling for a broader protection of women's overall rights, including the right to abortion The ruling will be an important benchmark for  Bolivia and South America at large, which has strict abortion laws, but has also had a number of high-profile cases that have drawn international attention—and criticism—to the restrictions. Even though abortion is specifically under the microscope, the challenge also encompasses  laws regarding rape. Sexual violence is widespread in Bolivia; 4 out of 10 women have been assaulted. Many of the women who seek abortions became pregnant by way of rape. Technically, there is a procedure in place legalizing abortions in the case of rape, but since 2006 only one abortion has been approved by the measure.

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June 24, 2013 5:25 PM