Honduran lawmakers are working to lock down the country’s abortion ban by making it explicit in the constitution.
The charter already states that “those who are not yet born will be considered as born, for the purposes of the law”. An amendment adopted Thursday by a large majority in Congress adds that abortion “by the mother or any other third party” is prohibited.
In addition, lawmakers want it difficult to end the ban. The amendment adds that the article can only be amended by a three-quarters majority of Congress and decrees that “any law adopted subsequently which contradicts this article shall be null and void.”
It will rise for a second vote later this month.
Honduras is one of three Central American countries to ban abortion completely, along with El Salvador and Nicaragua. Women in these countries also face a high incidence of sexual assault and unwanted pregnancies.
While Argentina legalized abortion at the end of December, Latin America continues to have some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world, with abortion being legal only in Argentina, Mexico City. , Cuba and Uruguay.
Merlin Eguigure, a leader of the Visitación Padilla women’s group, called the abortion measure “an absurd and unnecessary legal abomination”.
“Whether we like abortion or not, whether it is sanctioned or not, whether it is constitutionally prohibited, abortion exists and will continue to exist,” she said.
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