'Unacceptable'

3 abortion rights protestors stabbed in Chile, recalling ‘worst years of the dictatorship’

An activist at an abortion rights demonstration in Santiago, Chile, in 2017. (MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images)

A protest turned violent last week in Santiago, Chile, where three women were stabbed during a protest in favor of free and legal abortion, reports The Guardian. No one was arrested after the incident, which saw one woman stabbed in the stomach by masked attackers, and two others in the legs, all with non-life-threatening injuries.

Efforts to reform abortion laws in Latin American countries have recently gained steam, with Argentina’s congress debating legislation next month that would legalize abortion in pregnancy cases up to 14 weeks.

Reform was passed by former president Michelle Bachelet that allows abortion in the case of rape, life-threatening risk to the mother, or if the fetus isn’t a viable pregnancy. Of course, reforms can be reversed, and with a rightwing successor in office, women’s rights supporters fear their efforts will go backwards. Bachelet commented, saying, “This kind of threat against social movements recalls the worst years of the dictatorship, and are unacceptable in a democratic country.”

One right-wing group took responsibility for a counter-protest, which in which barricades were erected and animal gits scattered animal guts on the ground, but said the stabbing was done by “anarcho-feminists.” Radio presenter Natalia Valdebenito was posting live on Instagram during the protest and told The Guardian, “We know there are organized groups that intentionally went to disrupt the protest and do harm….But the feminist movement will continue. We are united and they cannot imagine that type of strength.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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