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Marta Gonzalez


Marta Solay Gonzalez was a Colombian woman whose case led to significant reforms in abortion law in that country: as a direct response to the Gonzalez case, the Constitutional Court decriminalized abortion under specific circumstances - most notably, the circumstance of significant risk to the mother's life.

In 2005, Gonzalez was two months pregnant with her fourth child, when a routine gynecological examination revealed that she was in the early stages of uterine cancer. She sought radiation therapy, but was denied because this would have terminated her pregnancy. By the time she gave birth, the cancer had metastasized to her intestine.

External links

Women's E-News article on the Gonzalez case

Inter-Press Services article on the Gonzalez case

Documentary on the Gonzalez case from The Current (requires Real Audio).

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