Colombia’s Constitutional Court issued an order Monday decriminalizing abortion, making the country fourth in Latin America to do so.
Under the ruling, abortions will be allowed up to 24 weeks of pregnancy in Colombia, a widely Roman Catholic country. The decision was announced in a press release by the court following a debate among the justices.
Before the ruling, Colombia allowed abortions only when a woman’s life was in danger, a fetus had malformations or pregnancy resulted from rape.
Colombia’s court decision was called historic by activists in the country.
Elsewhere in Latin America, Argentina, Uruguay, and Cuba also allow abortions without restrictions.
Latin America is also a region where some countries prohibit the termination of pregnancy without exception, like in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic.