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UPDATED: 10:42, May 29, 2007
Nicaraguans march against anti-abortion bill
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Non-governmental organizations in Nicaragua rallied in the capital on Monday against an anti-abortion bill.

Protesters in cars formed a convoy on the capital's main streets before rallying outside the Supreme Court, demanding the decriminalization of abortion.

Nicaragua's legislature penalized abortion last year, following a campaign by Catholic and evangelical groups targeting private doctors and clinics which prescribe abortion pills or practice abortion operations.

The convoy was led by a truck carrying a sculpture of a crucified woman.

Magali Quintana, of the Feminist Movement, said the protesters were appealing to the conscience of the Supreme Court in a bid to persuade it to declare the new law unconstitutional.

She called on the court to act responsibly, as to allow such a law to come into effect would mean condemning women to death.

The march was also backed by the Nicaraguan Human Rights Center and the Nicaraguan Gynaeco-Obstetrics Association.

Source: Xinhua

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