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Protests in Brazil over a law that equates abortion with homicide, even in cases of rape

The president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, has described this Saturday as “craziness” the bill that equates abortion after week 22 with homicidewhich can carry sentences of between six and 20 years in prison, even in the case of rape.

“Madness” to want to punish a woman with a greater sentence than that of her rapist

“I am against abortion; however, since this practice is a reality, we must treat it as a public health issue. And it seems crazy to me that someone would want to punish a woman with a sentence greater than that of the criminal who committed the rape. “It is, at the very least, crazy,” the president said.

The statements by the leader of the Workers’ Party (PT) come three days after this Wednesday the Chamber of Deputies gave its approval to the urgent processing of the law, which implies that The text can be voted on directly in the plenary session without first going through the committees..

“I am sure that what is in the law already guarantees that we act in a civilized manner to treat the rapist with rigor and with respect to the victim. When someone presents a proposal that the victim should be punished more severely than the rapistit’s not serious,” Lula said from Apulia (Italy), where he participated in the G7 Summit.

The initiative was approved without the opposition of the Government party, whose leader in the Chamber, José Guimarães, stated that The matter “is not of interest” to the Executive. The decision of the deputies of the PT and other allied formations provoked mobilizations on social networks and protests in the streets of the country, especially in Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia. Thus, the protesters argued that the approval of this proposal would put the lives of thousands of women and girls in the country at risk.

According to the newspaper ‘Folha de Sao Paulo’, the leaders of the leftist parties in Congress “They feared the reaction of the evangelical publicwith whom Lula would like to get closer”.

Currently, the legislation allows the termination of pregnancy in case of rape, danger to the mother’s life and serious malformations, regardless of the week of gestation. According to current legislation, outside of this case, abortion is punishable by sentences of between one and three years in prison.

Last May, Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes suspended the resolution previously issued by the Federal Council of Medicine that prohibited fetal asystole and made access to abortion difficult, a practice used after 22 weeks in cases of rape.

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