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Latin America takes action to decriminalize abortion

Roe v. Wade provides framework for progressing past restrictive laws.
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The Uruguayan Senate passes the law legalizing abortion, in Montevideo, on Oct. 17, 2012. Uruguay became only the second country in mostly Catholic South America to legalize abortion when the Senate approved the bill with a vote of 17 to 14. (Miguel Rojo/AFP/Getty Images)
While policymakers may be under the impression that restrictive laws help curb abortion rates, research shows the opposite is true. In places where abortion is illegal or heavily restricted, an unwanted pregnancy leaves women with two options: seek out a clandestine abortion that could be unsafe or continue a pregnancy that was neither chosen nor planned for.

Latin American middle class jumps by 50 percent

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FARC rebels name 3 delegates to peace talks with Colombian government

One of the negotiators named is a high-profile guerrilla currently in prison in the US on conspiracy charges.

London 2012: the medalists of Latin America

Latin American countries are slowly growing their Olympic medal haul.
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