Brazil alters abortion decree and removes woman’s obligation to see the fetus

The article that included this obligation was taken from the new version of the decree, published in the Federal Official Gazette.

However, as in the initial version of the diploma, which generated a lot of criticism when it was published in late August, the text suggests that the violation should be reported by the doctor to the police with a complaint, whether or not the victim wants it.

This notification to the authorities is no longer mandatory for abortion, but the Government guides health professionals in the sense that they “should” report the case to the police.

On the occasion of the publication of the first version of the decree, on August 28, 16 deputies asked the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, to intervene in the name of protecting women’s rights.

Brazil, led by the far-right President, Jair Bolsonaro, and where conservative evangelical churches are particularly powerful, allows abortion only when pregnancy is the result of a rape, when there is a risk to the life of the woman and if the fetus is anencephalic (malformation consisting of the absence of a brain or part of it).

The new rules were issued at the end of August by the Ministry of Health, following protests against the case of a 10-year-old girl who needed a legal authorization to abort, after being raped by an uncle over several years and ending up get pregnant.

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