Rio police dismantle illegal abortion clinics
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Rio police dismantle illegal abortion clinics

Brazilian police in Rio de Janeiro say they have arrested 47 people in an operation to dismantle a ring of illegal abortion clinics following the recent deaths of two women who sought to end their pregnancies.

Police says arrest warrants have been issued for another 28 people suspected of being part of the ring.

The suspects include physicians and police officers.

Abortion in Brazil is only allowed if the pregnancy endangers the mother’s life or is the result of rape.

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Last month, police found the charred body of Jandira Magdalena dos Santos who, according to her ex-husband, had gone to one of the clinics for an abortion.

Elizangela Barbosa also died after a botched abortion in a clandestine clinic in the city of Niteroi.

Associated Press