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Morning After Pill Banned in Chile
04-05-08, 1:45 pm
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  Abortion is illegal in Chile FOR ANY REASON.  It doesn’t mean abortions don’t happen in Chile.  (See my 3 posts on abortion in Chile. 123. )  Do these judges and congressmen realize “Plan B” helps to prevent abortion, preserve future fertility, and saves lives?  

 From Yahoo news: SANTIAGO, Chile – Chile’s Constitutional Court halted a government program Friday that provided the contraceptive known as the “morning-after” pill free to women and girls as young as 14.
The court voted 5-4 to effectively ban the distribution of the pill by the government’s health services, according to a court communique, after a request by 31 congressmen who claimed the emergency contraceptive constitutes abortion.
The government program, started by President Michelle Bachelet, a pediatrician and the country’s first woman chief executive, had been the subject of heated legal battle.
It was approved by the Supreme Court in February. But congressmen backed by conservative groups took the case to the Constitutional Court. Friday’s ruling, which was leaked to the media while still being written, cannot be appealed.
Bachelet said free distribution of the pill at public health centers was aimed at bringing equality to Chilean women.
“Poor women will not have access to the pill now,” said presidential spokesman Francisco Vidal.


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