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Rousseff ratifies sex abuse law

AFP-JIJI

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Thursday ratified a law aimed at protecting victims of sexual abuse that has been condemned by the Roman Catholic Church as a first step toward broader legalization of abortion.

Four days after Pope Francis ended a weeklong visit to Brazil, the world’s most populous Catholic country, Rousseff signed the text into law without any veto, her office said.

The legislation mandates that victims of sexual abuse receive emergency treatment in public hospitals and get access to medication to prevent unwanted pregnancies such as the “morning-after pill.”

Under intense pressure from Christian churches, Rousseff has pledged in writing not to decriminalize abortion.