Women’s rights activist protest against a bill to ban abortion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 13, 2017. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Karla Mendes

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – More pregnant women could die in Brazil if it passes a law banning all abortions on Tuesday, including in cases of rape or when the mother’s life is in danger, critics said.
Thousands of women took to Brazil’s streets earlier this month to protest against the bill, which is supported by increasingly influential evangelical Christian groups.
“It’s intentional fraud from fundamentalist congressmen who think that their religious dogmas have greater weight than the democratic state,” said congresswoman Erika Kokay, who opposes the constitutional reform bill.
“It’s absurd and is a huge setback against legislation on women’s rights in force since the 1940s,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Abortion is illegal in Brazil, home to the world’s largest Catholic community, except when pregnancy is due to rape, endangers the mother’s life or if the fetus has anencephaly, in which a baby is missing …
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