Podcast: Abortion rights spread in Latin America

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FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2020 file photo, a woman holds a banner reading, in Spanish, "Legal, safe, and free abortion, legalize and decriminalize abortion now, for the independence and autonomy of our bodies," as abortion-rights protesters demonstrate in front of the National Congress on the "Day for Decriminalization of Abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean," in Mexico City. The Supreme Court of Mexico has on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, annulled several statutes on the northern state of Coahuila that criminalized abortion. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)
A demonstrator in Mexico City in September 2020 holds a banner that calls for "legal, safe, and free abortion." (Rebecca Blackwell / Associated Press)

This month, Mexico's Supreme Court decriminalized abortion in the country. Argentina legalized abortion last December, becoming one of just three countries in Latin America to fully allow it.

Today, we talk about the slow liberalization of abortion rights in Latin America at a time that state governments in the United States have chipped away at access. It's a dramatic flip of circumstances. So what can we learn?

Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: L.A. Times Mexico City bureau chief Patrick McConnell and L.A. Times Latin America correspondent Kate Linthicum

More reading:

Across Latin America, abortion restrictions are being loosened

Mexico Supreme Court rules abortion is not a crime

Argentina legalizes abortion, a move likely to reverberate across Latin America

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.

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