About abortion in Brazil

Yesterday our Federal Supreme Court decided to allow the interruption of pregnancy (i.e., abortion) in cases of anencephaly. It was a majority decision, and I believe it has reflected the will of a great part of our population — except, of course, for the Catholic Church and most part of evangelical and other Christian entities.

I don’t really have an opinion on this subject — I mean, I don’t believe I would ever want to have an abortion, even if I found out that I had an anencephalic fetus, although I can’t say that for sure, ’cause I’ve never been pregnant and I don’t know how it’d feel like to have a baby growing inside me, knowing that, unless God wanted to work a miracle, it would most probably die right after birth.

Still, I think that the Supreme Court’s decision would not make me think any differently. If I thought that abortion, even in a case of anencephaly, corresponds to murder — and, to a certain point, I do –, I just wouldn’t have one, period. This decision does not take my freedom of choice: it just allows people who think otherwise to have an anticipated delivery under this specific circumstance.

Also, I don’t believe it’s a precedent for abortion to become completely legal, either. But even if it did, and if abortion became completely legal in Brazil, that would never change my state of mind. Plus, I don’t think that the fact that abortion is considered a crime in Brazil prevents people from having abortions. It really doesn’t. It just makes people who want to have an abortion search for illegal abortion clinics in order to have it done. That’s all it does.

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