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Chile President Wants To Lift Total Ban On Abortion

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Chile President Wants To Lift Total Ban On Abortion

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Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has sent the country's Congress a bill to decriminalize abortion in three types of cases: malformation of a fetus, a pregnancy posing a threat to the life of a woman carrying a fetus, and conception caused by rape. Chile is one of the few countries in the world that prohibits abortion under all circumstances.

The bill is expected to face strong congressional debate; opposition leaders and even some in her party have said they will fight the change.

About 16,500 women are hospitalized each year in Chile due to life-threatening complications of pregnancy or because of malformations of a fetus, according to Bachelet's office. She said about 500 deaths are recorded each year from fetal malformation.

"We are bringing women support in a very painful moment in their lives," stated Bachelet, which was tweeted by the government.

--The Associated Press

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