Ecuador’s Parliament sets deadline for abortion due to rape | News

The Justice Commission of the National Assembly of Ecuador (Parliament) set a maximum of 28 weeks of gestation so that women over 18 who are victims of rape can have an abortion and in the case of minors and disabled women they do not have that deadline.

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Legislative commission will review project on abortion in Ecuador

This Monday, the Commission began to review the draft of the Organic Law to Guarantee the Right to Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy in the Event of Rape presented by the Ombudsman’s Office, in compliance with the ruling of the Constitutional Court.

One of the criteria expressed in the session was that of Johanna Moreira and Noemí Cabrera, who consider that there should be no room to interrupt the pregnancy in the case of rape.

However, the criteria presented by the congressman, member of the correista movement Unión por la Esperanza (UNES) José Agualsaca, who obtained six votes, prevailed.



As part of the debate, Moreira finally recommended 22 weeks for the practice of abortion. Instead, Congressman José Chimbo commented that the maximum should be located at 12 weeks. His proposal received four votes against, so it did not progress.

According to the president of the Commission, Alejandro Jaramillo, the legislative table has kept its doors open to listen to the proposals of different sectors to articulate the project.

“Doctors and other health professionals, specialists, national and foreign experts and constitutionalists have attended the commission, who presented their observations, as well as the legislators,” he said.

The bill will be applied throughout the Ecuadorian territory “and will be of observance and application” for people, services and health operators together with public and private establishments of the national health system to prevent violence against women.



“Any pregnant person resulting from a violation will be protected by the provisions of this law,” says the Legislative Bulletin.

Future regulations include the rights of girls, adolescent women and pregnant people with disabilities or who have a disabling condition or human mobility to access abortion in the event of rape.

Likewise, the Commission evaluated the requirements and established a procedure so that cases of rape are dealt with by the State Attorney General’s Office from the health facility, with the objective of investigating and proceeding with comprehensive care.



After ten hours of session, the head of the Commission set a new call for the review of the project for this Wednesday, January 12. What the parliamentarians conclude will be submitted to a second debate in the plenary session of the Assembly, which will have to vote on it, after having passed the first in 2021.

In April of that year, the Constitutional Court approved the decriminalization of abortion for women victims of rape. Until that date, Ecuador only considered abortion legal in case of risk to the mother’s health.