Constitutional framings and the struggle to liberalize abortion in Latin America

Latin American controversies over abortion have undergone a process of legalization and constitutionalization that illustrates a change of the role of legality across a region historically identified for the pervasiveness of the (un)rule of law. This gradual transformation in the role of law and the constitutional framings can be observed in the recursive cycles of conservative and feminist legal mobilization moving from courts, to executive and legislative regulations. The paper offers a study of such cycles of reform in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.