The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Costa Rica women’s groups marched through downtown San Jose to show their position in favor of abortion and demand a stop for attacks on women in honor of International Women’s Day.

The activity coordinator, Margarita Salas, said that the main goal of the march was to demand a “serious discussion” in the country about abortion, a practice that is allowed only if the life of the mother is in danger.

The march was organized by the “Legal Abortion Costa Rica” initiative, whose data indicates that in Costa Rica about 27,000 illegal abortions are performed each year.

According to Salas, poor women risk their lives with illegal abortions in a back room, while the wealthy can afford a trip to another country.

The march, which also involved men, chanted in favor of abortion, of a secular state, the right for women to decide about their own bodies, as well as slogans against sexism and gender violence.

With banners, costumes, music and some women with painted bodies, the demonstration went from Central Park and ran down Second Avenue, one of the main roads of the capital.

Margarita Salas also stated that none of the presidential candidates have clear proposals on the issue of abortion, but there has been a commitment from them for a serious discussion. (ACAN-EFE)

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica