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How Colombia's first abortion clinic helped sparked powerful network across Latin America




Demonstrators who are critical of the Catholic Church and favor abortion rights take part in a protest in Rio de Janeiro during Pope Francis' visit to Brazil on July 27. Abortion is illegal in Brazil with rare exceptions. Some lawmakers are attempting to make it even more restrictive.
Demonstrators who are critical of the Catholic Church and favor abortion rights take part in a protest in Rio de Janeiro during Pope Francis' visit to Brazil on July 27. Abortion is illegal in Brazil with rare exceptions. Some lawmakers are attempting to make it even more restrictive.
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In Latin America, several million women have abortions each year, both legally and illegally, but research from the Guttmacher Institute found about 95 percent of these procedures are unsafe. There is power network of more than 600 clinics spread throughout Latin America that has been trying to offer women a safer more compassionate, alternative. 

They are based on a place in Colombia called 'Orientame.' Joshua Lang wrote about it for The California Sunday Magazine and you can find his piece here