The Constitutional Court stated in a statement that an abortion can only be considered illegal if it occurs after 24 weeks of gestation.
Abortion will be allowed in certain situations after that point.
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Except for those exceptional cases, both the women and doctors who performed abortions would be sentenced to prison sentences of between 16 and 54 months.
Pro- and anti-abortion demonstrators gathered in front of the court building in Bogota the capital .
Green scarves were worn by women who support abortion. The court announced that 5-4 votes were cast to decriminalize it. Nearby, antiabortion protesters held blue flags and kneeled on the ground praying.