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'A Rapist Is Not a Father': Brazilian Women Protest Proposed …

Women rally on the steps of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Florianopolis, Nov. 13, 2017. Source: Mike Fox

Women have taken to the streets by the thousands in Brazil to fight the conservative government’s latest threat to human rights in the country: a proposed total ban on abortion.

“A rapist is not a father,” declared one banner in Monday’s march in Florianopolis, the capital of the Southern state of Santa Catarina. “The rich abort. The poor die,” read another, highlighting the disproportionate impact outlawing abortion would have on poor and marginalized women who can’t access private clinics to seek safe secret abortions.

Abortion is currently legal in Brazil in cases of rape, if the mother’s life is in danger, or if the fetus suffers from the brain defect anencephaly. But last Wednesday, a special congressional commission approved a proposed constitutional amendment that, if passed in the lower house and the senate, would criminalize abortion by constitutionally changing the definition of “life.” 

A women holds a sign reading “everyone against 18,” another name for PEC 181, which they say would criminalize abortion in Brazil. Source: Mike Fox

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