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Brazilian conservatives see overturning Roe as their cue to act

Several lawmakers have submitted bills to curtail the abortion rights of Brazilian women, with conservatives hoping to capitalize on the wave of the Roe v. Wade repeal

roe abortion Congresswoman Carla Zambelli wants to criminalize what she calls "inciting abortions." Photo: Fernando Calzzani/Photopress/Folhapress
Congresswoman Carla Zambelli wants to criminalize what she calls “inciting abortions.” Photo: Fernando Calzzani/Photopress/Folhapress

Since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, removing American women’s constitutional right to abortion, members of the Brazilian House who support President Jair Bolsonaro have presented a slew of proposals to toughen abortion restrictions in their own country.

A total of 32 bills regarding abortion law have been submitted in the current legislature, which began in 2019. Over one-third of them have been filed since news website Politico published a draft opinion outlining the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. The final report, written by Justice Samuel Alito and published on June...

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