Magazine article Conscience

First Abortion Clinic Opens Doors in Colombia

Magazine article Conscience

First Abortion Clinic Opens Doors in Colombia

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ALTHOUGH A 2006 DECISION by Colombia's Constitutional Court stipulated that abortion was legal in cases where the pregnancy posed a threat to the woman's life or health, the first abortion clinic only opened in December 2012. In an interview with Colombia's La Semana magazine, Secretary of Health Guillermo Alfonso Jaramillo referred to women's legal "right to terminate a pregnancy in cases of rape, fetal malformation or threat to the woman's health" and recognized that this right had previously been difficult for women to exercise. Jaramillo named el Hospital de Centro Oriente in Bogota as a location that would offer abortion care in these circumstances.

However, in March of this year, the Consejo de Estado, a government body that rules on conflicts between the state and citizens as well as between different branches of the government, annulled a decree that had been issued by the Ministry of Health and had established regulations for abortion in Colombia. While the decision does not impact the 2006 ruling in which the Constitutional Court decriminalized abortion, healthcare professionals now lack any regulatory guidelines for providing abortion care, although the provision of abortion is included in the mandatory plan of health services. …

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