After a fraught debate, the senate voted to legalize abortion when a woman’s life is in danger, when a fetus is unviable and when a pregnancy results from rape

Chile’s senate has narrowly passed a bill to legalize abortion in certain cases, in a win for President Michelle Bachelet’s center-left coalition and for rights groups that have campaigned for years against the country’s strict ban.

After a long and sometimes fractious overnight debate, the senate voted to legalize abortion when a woman’s life is in danger, when a fetus is unviable and when a pregnancy results from rape.

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