In Argentina, center-left President Alberto Fernández has promised to submit to Congress a bill for legal abortions in the coming days, which could make the country the first major Latin American nation to legalize the termination of unwanted pregnancies. In Uruguay, Cuba, and Guyana, abortion is already permitted by law. In Brazil, however, the practice is outlawed in almost all cases, and the existing legislation casts a spotlight over the deep socioeconomic and racial cleavages in the country.
Abortion in Brazil is considered a crime. Women who terminate their pregnancies can face prison sentences of between one and three years, while the individual who carries out the procedure can be sent behind bars for up to four years.