Latin America and the Caribbean
Colombia: Sentence T-209/2008 (Cúcuta) – The claimant, B.B., requested an abortion for her young daughter, who had become pregnant as a result of rape. Despite the fact that B.B. had filed a criminal complaint with the public prosecutor regarding the rape, her daughter was denied an abortion by her health care provider. The court ruled that the health care provider had violated the young woman’s fundamental rights in refusing to perform the procedure. Specifically, it decided to (1) revoke the decisions of the first and second instance courts; (2) order the health care provider and the health professionals who attended the case to pay damages; and (3) investigate the judicial officers.