Latin America and the Caribbean
Colombia: Sentence T-841/2011 – B.B. requested an abortion for her 12-year-old daughter, A.A., on the grounds that the pregnancy put her life at risk. A.A.’s health care provider denied the request, and first and second instance courts upheld the denial. Eventually, A.A. gave birth. Her case was appealed to the Constitutional Court, whose ruling set a constitutional precedent insofar as it declared that the identify of women who request an abortion should be withheld in judicial processes, in order to promote access to health and justice. The ruling also ordered the health care provider to pay damages to A.A. and upheld women’s fundamental right to abortion.