Where Do Latin American Countries Stand on Abortion?

The abortion debate was shaken to its core this week after a Salvadoran woman’s pregnancy found itself at the center of great controversy. The ill 22-year-old (known only as Beatriz to protect her identity) had asked courts in El Salvador for – and been denied – an abortion because of her high-risk pregnancy. Abortion is banned in El Salvador, as well as in many other areas of Latin America.

The issue of whether or not women should be granted the freedom to abort an unwanted pregnancy has long been a highly contentious subject in the United States. The same applies to Latin America.

Below is a brief summary of where the abortion debate stands in different areas of Latin America.

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