Women’s rights groups in Colombia hailed the verdict of the nation’s Constitutional Court, which decriminalised abortion until the 24th week of pregnancy. Dozens of activists, who were gathered outside the court premises, reacted with hugs and flashing victory symbols. They were also seen shouting slogans and displaying banners and placards. Although, the decision by the tribunal of nine judges fell short of the expectations of pro-choice groups that had been pushing for abortion to be completely decriminalised in Colombia. According to a report, around 400,000 women get clandestine abortions in the country each year. Before the latest ruling, abortion was allowed in Colombia only when a woman’s life was in danger, a fetus had malformations or a pregnancy resulted from rape. After this historic verdict, women will be able to get abortions until the 24th week of their pregnancy without any restriction. “We were trying to get the complete decriminalization of abortion … but this is still a historic step,” said Cristina Rosero, a lawyer for the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights. In Colombia, women who get illegal abortions can face up to three years in prison.