Chile's Senate could vote this week on a bill making abortion legal in cases of rape, life-threatening fetal deformity, and risk to the life of the mother.
The bill, supported by Chile’s pro-abortion President Michelle Bachelet, has taken a year to wend its way through the country’s lower house, which passed it with a two-thirds majority.
One committee of the Senate approved the measure and the Constitution committee is considering it now. If approved, the bill will go the full Senate, where Bachelet’s New Majority coalition is in control. Conservative opponents are already talking about a court challenge if and when the bill is passed.