Free Womb Laws were laws passed in Latin America freeing the children of slaves. A child who was born to a slave mother was free. The laws were passed in the early 1800s at various dates in Latin countries. The laws also stipulated an apprenticeship period for the child of a slave woman under the slave owner. The child would be freed from apprenticeship of the slave owner at age 20. Many slave owners fought these laws and some bypassed it by extending the apprenticeship period. Free Womb Laws were precursor to the abolition of slavery.