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Brazil’s Congress wants to ban all abortions – even for rape victims

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Women stage act asking for the right to choose. Photo: Fernando Frazão/ABr

In July 2013, millions of Brazilians crowded the streets asking for political change. Just a year later, however, voters elected our most conservative Congress since 1964 – the year the military staged a coup d’état. And this week, we witnessed just how conservative our lawmakers can be. A special committee approved an amendment to the Constitution that would ban all abortions in Brazil, including for victims of rape. The vote in favor of the bill was an astounding 18 to 1.

According to the bill’s rapporteur Congressman Tadeu Mudalen, “life starts at the moment of conception and therefore should be...

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