Brazil: Chamber of Deputies Advances Bill Equating Abortion with Homicide
Friday, June 14, 2024 11:00 AM

On June 12, Brazil's Chamber of Deputies approved the urgent consideration of Bill 1904/2024, equating abortion with homicide. This decision bypassed standard procedures, leading to a significant backlash. Currently, Brazil allows abortion only in cases of rape, incest, or life-threatening situations for the mother. The new bill proposes eliminating these exceptions, criminalizing abortion as homicide. The bill's urgency was confirmed through a symbolic vote, criticized for its lack of transparency. This has caused a division between conservative and religious groups, who support the bill, and women's rights activists, who oppose it, citing severe legal and societal repercussions.

Compiled from: Oshi Saxena, "Abortion To Be Classified As Murder? Brazil Approves Urgency Of Bill", shethepeople, Jun. 14, 2024.