Chile senate backs bill allowing abortion in some cases

Chilean politicians have taken a major step toward legalising abortion in some cases, a dramatic development in one of Latin America's most traditionally conservative countries.

The Senate voted early on Wednesday to allow abortions when a mother's life is in danger, when the foetus is not viable and in cases of rape.

The bill now goes to the lower house, where it is expected to pass.

President Michelle Bachelet backs the law and has said she would sign it.

Opposition senators said they would appeal against the measure before the Constitutional Court, arguing that it violates the nation's charter.


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