Colombian women face prison for abortion

Human Rights Watch have called for the Colombian government to repeal legislation which makes abortion – even in cases of rape – punishable by up to four and a half years in prison.

Recent amendments which allow judges to use their discretion in sentencing women in these cases had a sting in its tail – increasing the maximum punishment from three and a half to four and a half years.

Human Rights Watch says this is unconstitutional and contrary to Colombia’s obligations under international human rights agreements.