Two and a half months ago, Brazil watched as neighbors Argentina passed a law to decriminalize abortions, still pending a Senate vote. Latin America’s biggest country could soon follow the same path, as on August 3 the Supreme Court begins a series of debates on whether or not abortions should be made legal within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Anti-abortion and pro-choice movements have been invited by the country’s highest court to make their cases and try to convince the 11 Justices.
The debates (which will be broadcast live on YouTube) are the first step before the Supreme Court analyzes a lawsuit filed by the Socialism and Liberty Party – which has women’s issues as one of the core points of its agenda. “I’m very optimistic. The space given by the Supreme Court now is the most important opportunity we have to hold an honest debate, to break the taboo in our society,” lawyer Luciana Boiteux told The Brazilian Report before the hearing.