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Brazil Women Protest Temer's Abortion Ban

IN PICTURES: Protesters demonstrate against the criminalization of all cases of abortion, including rape and when the mother's life is in danger. 

A Brazilian lower-chamber commission approved an amendment that would outlaw abortion in all cases in the country.

This prohibits abortion even when the pregnancy puts the mother's life in danger; is the result of a rape, or if the fetus is deformed. Women who seek an abortion outside such circumstances can face up to three years in jail.

Women's rights groups have accused the government of Michel Temer and lawmakers of disguising the full abortion ban as a “Trojan horse” within a proposal that claims to improve mothers' rights in the case of premature births.

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Protesters demonstrate with a sign that reads "My body, my rules" and "Out Temer"  in Rio de Janeiro.
Protesters demonstrate with a sign that reads "My body, my rules" and "Out Temer" in Rio de Janeiro. Photo:Reuters
A woman demonstrates with a face painting representing a dead woman after an illegal abortion, in Rio de Janeiro.
A woman demonstrates with a face painting representing a dead woman after an illegal abortion, in Rio de Janeiro. Photo:Reuters
Hundreds took to the streets in several cities across the country to reject the legislative action.
Hundreds took to the streets in several cities across the country to reject the legislative action. Photo:EFE
Women wrote messages on their bodies and took signs saying "The rules of my body are mine."
Women wrote messages on their bodies and took signs saying "The rules of my body are mine." Photo:EFE
The abortion debate surged last year after the Zika virus outbreak and the rise of the birth defect known as microcephaly in Brazil.
The abortion debate surged last year after the Zika virus outbreak and the rise of the birth defect known as microcephaly in Brazil. Photo:Reuters
Riot policemen observe as protesters demonstrate against Brazil
Riot policemen observe as protesters demonstrate against Brazil's congressional move to criminalize all cases of abortion, in Rio de Janeiro. Photo:Reuters
A woman holds a sign that reads "My vagina is mine, we want a voice" during a demonstration in Sao Paulo.
A woman holds a sign that reads "My vagina is mine, we want a voice" during a demonstration in Sao Paulo. Photo:EFE
Until now, abortion has been outlawed in Brazil except in cases of rape or risk to the woman’s life.
Until now, abortion has been outlawed in Brazil except in cases of rape or risk to the woman’s life. Photo:Reuters
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