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Attempt to introduce abortion-on-demand to Colombia fails

Colombia’s top court has this week ruled against introducing abortion on demand to the country.

Colombia’s Constitutional Court was considering changes to the country’s law following a legal challenge brought before the court last year hoping to ban all abortions on the grounds that all abortions carry health risks “for both the woman and her unborn child”.

However, the case prompted one of the nine magistrates examining the case to issue a formal proposal that the court also considers legalising all abortions in the first 16 weeks of pregnancy.

Magistrates found no reason to reconsider a 2006 ruling made by the court, which permits abortion in the country in cases of rape or incest, fatal foetal abnormalities or if there is a danger to the physical or mental health of the mother.

“The plaintiff hasn’t submitted sufficient arguments to call into question a constitutional judgment,” they said in a statement read aloud in the court.

According to Al Jazeera, the decision was in line with public opinion in the country with polls indicating that almost 70% of Colombians were against the legalisation of abortion during the first four months of pregnancy.

Hundreds of pro-life campaigners gathered outside the court on Monday to celebrate the ruling.

One woman, who aborted her baby when she was 19 and now volunteers with a pro-life group, told Crux: “Abortion is a tragic experience. And it’s something that we don’t want any woman to go through. What we need is support, to get education, to get jobs so that we can sustain our children.”

After the ruling, President Iván Duque praised magistrates for making “an important decision.”

“I’ve always said I’m pro-life,” he said. “I think that life starts at conception.”

Abortion activists had hoped the court would rule in their favour after Judge Alejandro Linares Cantillo took up their case. They claim legislators have neglected the issue despite the introduction of 33 parliamentary bills on abortion regulation in Colombia’s Congress over the past four decades.

They are hopeful that a bill to legalise abortion in Argentina, announced this week, will pressure Colombia and other countries in Latin America to do the same. In 2018, a bill to legalise abortion within the first 14 weeks of pregnancy was narrowly approved by Congress, but was later rejected by the country’s Senate.

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Dear reader

Thanks to the support from people like you, last year a major attempt to hijack the UK Government’s flagship Domestic Abuse Bill with two extreme abortion proposals failed, in a major pro-life victory.

Unfortunately, this is not the end for our opposition.

We are currently facing major threats on five separate fronts:

  1. Pro-abortion MP Rupa Huq has brought forward an amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill to introduce a jail term of up to two years if a pro-lifer offers support or advice to a woman near an abortion clinic. This is a threat to unborn babies and to freedom of speech.
  2. The assisted suicide lobby has brought forward a bill to legalise assisted suicide, which was introduced to the House of Lords on 26 May.
  3. The Northern Ireland Secretary has given himself new powers to force expanded abortion services on Northern Ireland.
  4. The abortion lobby is further exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to attempt to make dangerous ‘DIY’ home abortions available permanently.
  5. The abortion lobby is expected to make another attempt to change abortion law to allow abortion on demand, for any reason, up to birth.

If these major threats from our opposition are successful, it would be a disaster. Thousands of lives would be lost. 

Fighting both the abortion and assisted suicide lobbies over this period has already made a huge dent in Right To Life UK's limited resources.

To cover this gap and ensure we effectively defeat these proposals during this period, we must raise at least £200,000.

We are, therefore, asking people like you to please give as generously as you can. Every donation, no matter how small, will make a significant difference.

By stopping these threats, YOU can save lives over this coming period.

Will you make a special gift right now to help protect vulnerable lives from these threats?

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