Should the Chilean Constitution include abortion and sexual rights? —MercoPress

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Should the Chilean Constitution include abortion and sexual rights?

Thursday, February 24, 2022 – 22:54 UTC


The Fundamental Rights Commission also adopted the inclusion of indigenous peoples in the media

A committee within Chile’s Constitutional Convention on Wednesday gave the go-ahead to a series of articles granting sexual and reproductive rights, which will now be submitted for plenum approval to be added to the country’s new Basic Law.

The new sections of provisions would guarantee individuals their right to pregnancy, voluntary termination of pregnancy, while childbirth and maternity would be protected by law.

The Fundamental Rights Committee of the Constitutional Convention also adopted by a large majority an article which establishes the right to decide freely about the body, sexuality and the termination of pregnancy.

The initiative was approved in committee by 24 votes for, eight against and only one abstention. It will now be up to the vote in the plenum.

The question relates to the right of the individual to decide freely about his body, the exercise of his sexuality, reproduction, pleasure, contraception and the free termination of pregnancy.

In addition to holding these rights, Chileans will also have access to comprehensive sex education if the provisions are eventually passed.

Chile’s new constitution will be among the first in the world to be based on a gender perspective.

The Human Rights Committee has also adopted a number of provisions relating to personal liberty and security, particularly with regard to freedom of expression and also the inclusion of indigenous peoples in the media.


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