National Assembly of Ecuador approves bill on abortion for rape | News

After having been previously decriminalized by the Constitutional Court of Ecuador on April 28, 2021, this Thursday the National Assembly approved the bill that supports the voluntary interruption of pregnancy due to rape.


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With 75 votes in favor, 41 against and 14 abstentions, the regulations were approved, which establishes that for adult women a maximum of 12 weeks to have an abortion, despite the fact that previously there were proposals of a time that reached up to 28 weeks. of gestation.

In the situation of girls, the project did not contemplate abortion in case of rape, although in the approved it was determined that infants, adolescents, women in rural areas and towns and nationalities, can abort up to 18 weeks.

The project approved by the National Assembly must be submitted for approval by the Executive. In the parliamentary discussion, legislator Johanna Moreira said that “have you thought about what would happen if her 9, 10, 11, 12-year-old daughter is raped and pregnant? Can you see the face of her daughters right now? Can you tell them looking them in the eye that they would force them to continue with a pregnancy that they do not want? ”, She pointed out.

In the same way, Johanna Moreira valued that the established time does not solve the problem of pregnant women with the established term because, “many do not realize that they are pregnant until week 20”.

For their part, Ecuadorian feminists rejected the approval of a law with restrictive deadlines and last-minute changes to the project. The feminist organization that works for justice and autonomy for all, Surkuna, specified that “what happened today in the Assembly of Ecuador is a haggling with the lives of rape survivors. This Law is not fair, it is not restorative”.

According to the researcher and activist Tatiana Jiménez Arrobo “although the majority report was approved, the Assembly was not ready for this historic moment. On average, 88 percent of survivors fall outside the approved deadlines.”

The National Coalition of Women for Ecuador demanded the abstention of assembly members before the approval of the bill, and reiterated the position of a reparative and comprehensive law that guarantees the protection and rights of girls and women.

Likewise, the feminist lawyer Lita Martínez Alvarado indicated that “it is evident again that the patriarchal system has its best acolytes in the Assembly. The political agreement and the negotiation on our rights is evident”.

“For those of us who have spent decades fighting for gender rights, to ignore today’s achievement is to forget the efforts to get here. Much remains to be done, but I celebrate what has been achieved and renew my commitment to girls and women who have been violated,” was the position of legislator Wilma Andrade.