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Brazil: EPF concerned at proposed measure to further restrict abortion

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BRUSSELS, 24 November - The EPF Executive Committee has written to the Parliament of Brazil expressing its strong concern at a proposed constitutional amendment which could result in a tightening of Brazil’s already restrictive law on abortion. Abortion is illegal in Brazil , except when pregnancy is due to rape, endangers the mother’s life or if the fetus has anencephaly, in which a baby is missing parts of the brain and skull. The proposed amendment seeks to remove these exceptions. More than 1 million abortions take place in Brazilian clandestine clinics each year and thousands of women end up in hospital as a result of botched procedures, according to government estimates.

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