An estimated 6.5 million abortions take place across Latin America each year. Three-quarters of these procedures are unlawful, often performed in unsafe illegal clinics or at home.
Pro-abortion activists demonstrate outside the Argentine embassy in Chile on Wednesday, hours before the Argentine senate rejected a bill to decriminalize the procedure. Photograph: Martin Bernetti/AFP/Getty Images
Of 33 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean, only Cuba, Uruguay and Guyana permit elective abortions. Women also have the right to choose in Mexico City. Currently, abortions are allowed in Costa Rica only in order to preserve the life or physical health of the woman.
Elsewhere, however, the right to an abortion is severely restricted, with terminations often permitted in cases of rape, or if the pregnancy will endanger the life of