Opponents of abortion marched the other day thru downtown commemorating - and mourning - the eighth anniversary of Colombia's legalization of abortion in a few narrow circumstances: rape, incest, when the woman's life is in danger and when the fetus has a severe deformity.
Abortion law returned to the news early this month when the legislature passed a law expanding abortion to women who are victims of the country's armed conflict. In practical terms, I'm not sure how this expands the right, since these women presumably are victims of sexual violence. Or, perhaps they are not victims of physical violence, but acted under duress and threats.
According to the Gutmacher Institute, which supports legalized abortion, some 400,000 abortions are performed annually in Colombia, of which only 322, or less than one tenth of one percent, are legal abortions.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours