Thousands of abortion activists protested Monday in the streets of Brazil, just days after a legislative committee voted to make abortions illegal in all cases.
With some carrying children in their arms, the pro-abortion protesters chanted, “Our bodies are ours!” and demanded to be allowed to abort their unborn babies, the AP reports. Protests were held in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.
Protesters became violent outside the state legislature in Rio, prompting police to fire tear gas into the crowd; but news reports do not provide details about the nature of the violence or the arrests, if any.
In Brazil, abortion is legal in cases involving rape, incest and risks to the mother’s life; the country’s high court also ruled in 2012 that unborn babies with certain types of fatal anomalies also may be aborted, according to the report.
Less than a week ago, a Brazilian legislative committee overwhelmingly passed a bill to protect unborn babies from abortion in all cases. To become part of the constitution, the bill must pass both congressional bodies by a two-thirds majority.
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