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Brazilian Congress will debate equating abortion after 22 weeks with homicide

Brazilian Congress will debate equating abortion after 22 weeks with homicide

Brazilian Congress will debate equating abortion after 22 weeks with homicide

O Chamber of Deputies in Brazil agreed this Wednesday to urgently debate a bill that proposes tightening the rules for holding a abortionwhich after 22 weeks would be equated to murder.

The proposal was presented by deputy Cavalcante Brasof Liberal Party (PL), led by the former far-right president JairBolsonaroand proposes a modification of the civil Codein order to establish homicide-like penalties for women who terminate pregnancies after 22 weeks.

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The urgency of the debate, approved by the conservative majority of the Low camerawill allow the project to be processed more quickly and reach directly the plenary session of deputies.

In Brazil, according to current regulations, abortion is legal only in cases of rape, risk of death for the mother or anencephaly of the fetus, although the extreme right and influential evangelical churches are fighting in Parliament to toughen these conditions.

According to Congressman Cavalcante’s project, if the abortion were performed after 22 weeks of pregnancy, it would be considered “simple homicide”, for which the law provides for penalties ranging between six and twenty years in prison.

The proposal maintains that this classification should be applied even in cases where the pregnancy was the result of rape, which generated a wave of protests from progressive groups that support the Government of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

One of the ruling party’s allegations is that the penalty for a woman who aborts under these conditions, currently authorized by law, would be even worse than that applied to rapists, which varies between six and twelve years in prison.

The project also goes against a recent decision by a magistrate of the Supreme Courtwhich provisionally suspended a resolution of the Federal Council of Medicine which prohibited fetal asystole, a technique used to terminate pregnancy in pregnant women over 22 weeks, in cases of rape.

In his decision, the judge Alexandre de Moraes clarified that, in cases of rape, “Brazilian legislation does not expressly establish any type of circumstantial, procedural or temporal limitation for carrying out a so-called legal abortion.”.

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The Government reacted through the Minister of Human Rights, Silvio Almeidawho described the proposal as “immorality and inversion of the most basic values ​​of civilization”.

Almeida considered a “disaster” is “provocation“That the legislative chambers discuss whether”The raped woman and the rapist have the same value under the law or, even worse, the rapist may be considered less of a criminal than the raped woman.”.

He added that the project is “clearly unconstitutional” why “violates the principle of human dignity and subjects the raped woman to an unacceptable and discriminatory indignity”.

Source: Elcomercio

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