Case Study on Colombia: Judicial Standards on Abortion to Advance the Agenda of the Cairo Programme of Action

SUR - International Journal On Human Rights, v. 10, n. 19, Dec. 2013

26 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2014

See all articles by Ana González Vélez

Ana González Vélez

United Nations - Population Fund (UNFPA); Republic of Argentina - Center for the Study of State and Society (CEDES)

Viviana Bohórquez Monsalve

University of Chile

Date Written: March 1, 2013

Abstract

This paper is part of a line of research which has been developed over a number of years by the Bureau for the Life and Health of Women in Colombia, aimed at identifying and analyzing progress concerning the rights of women requesting voluntary termination of pregnancy, or abortion, particularly through the monitoring of judicial rulings. The text addresses four key issues. Firstly, it highlights the commitments under the Program of Action of the Cairo International Conference on Population and Development relating to access to abortion and reproductive health protection. Secondly, the paper briefly examines laws on abortion and health exception (causal salud) in Latin America and the Caribbean. Thirdly, it contextualizes abortion in Colombia and discusses progress on abortion jurisprudence by Colombia´s Constitutional Court regarding the right to health and other related fundamental rights. Fourthly, it describes a set of judicial standards set by the Constitutional Court in relation to abortion and other fundamental rights to be applied in Latin America.

Keywords: Abortion, Causal salud, Health exception, Reproductive rights, Constitutional Court of Colombia, Cairo International Conference on Population and Development

Suggested Citation

González Vélez, Ana and Bohórquez Monsalve, Viviana, Case Study on Colombia: Judicial Standards on Abortion to Advance the Agenda of the Cairo Programme of Action (March 1, 2013). SUR - International Journal On Human Rights, v. 10, n. 19, Dec. 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2446940

Ana González Vélez (Contact Author)

United Nations - Population Fund (UNFPA) ( email )

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Republic of Argentina - Center for the Study of State and Society (CEDES) ( email )

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Argentina

Viviana Bohórquez Monsalve

University of Chile ( email )

Pío Nono Nº1, Providencia
Santiago, R. Metropolitana 7520421
Chile

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