On May 6, Colombia’s Senate unanimously voted that there is no “right to abortion.”
This is a milestone for pro-lifers in Colombia who have been in a fierce battle with abortion advocates who want to establish abortion as a right. Abortion activists have even gone so far as to exploit rape victims to make this happen.
But their strategy failed when Colombia’s Senate passed law 244/2013 to protect female victims of sexual violence but excluded language establishing abortion as a right.
When the new law was first introduced in Colombia’s Senate, it was billed as a humanitarian effort to provide justice to victims of sexual violence, especially those in armed conflict. These women would be provided with restitution against their perpetrators, as well as access to abortion if they became pregnant as a result of the crime committed against them.
But the initial law went beyond simply trying to protect victims of sexual violence. Article 13 of the bill tried to establish abortion as a right by contending that victims of rape must have access to justice, and the “right” to be informed and advised about the possibility of continuing or suspending their pregnancy. This language would set a highly destructive precedent, paving the way for abortion on demand.
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