July 11, 2013

Chile battles over abortion for 11-year-old

Why are many Latin American countries so divided on this issue?
Photo via Miles Chile 

An 11-year-old girl in Chile is pregnant after being raped by her mother’s boyfriend. But, abortion is not an option. Chile has some of the strictest abortion laws in the world, as it is one of the most socially conservative nations in Latin America. Her case has now reignited the abortion debate across the region, where 72% of the population is Catholic. So, with such heavy religious influence, how should countries in Latin America handle abortion?    

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to:

Lidia Casas @ddhh_udp
Law professor, Universidad Diego Portales

Alejandra Cárdenas @ReproRights
Legal adviser for Latin America and the Caribbean, Center for Reproductive Rights
Paula Aracena @MELISAInstitute
Researcher, MELISA Institute
Domingo Carbone @carboneossa
Public relations, Siempre por la Vida

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