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The abortion debate at the Chamber of Deputies in Brazil, 2015 to 2017: conservative agenda and resistance

Abstract

This article will address public debate on abortion in Brazil, based on document research on the proceedings of Chamber of Deputies from 2015 to 2017. The research retrieved speeches and bills from the Chamber’s web portal. I analyze stands regarding abortion and the type of arguments used as basis for the debate. I also examine representatives’ profiles in terms of political party and religion. Different types or arguments were found: religious, legal, scientific or naturalizing. The main topics of debate were: consequences of Zika outbreak and two actions in Supreme Court, one claiming decriminalization in case of Zika, the other up to the 12th week pregnancy. Religious actors are the most engaged for right to life, trying to restrict legal abortion.

Key words:
abortion; Deputies Chamber; Zika; Supreme Court; right to life

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