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While Argentina moves to legalize abortion, Brazil avoids the issue

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Argentina is set to legalize abortions. Brazil isn’t.

Janaina Aparecida Quirino is a poor 36-year-old woman. Addicted to drugs, Ms. Quirino has been in jail since November for drug trafficking while she was pregnant with her eighth child. A court ordered her to be sterilized right after birth after a request by state prosecutors from São Paulo. Ms. Quirino, however, wasn’t heard once in this case, and the sterilization was carried out before there was a confirmed verdict by higher courts.

In Brazil, not even confessed murderers go to jail before the sentence is confirmed by a court of appeals. Apparently, the same courtesy is not extended to...

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