Colombian President Ivan Duque and other political leaders responded with outrage after the country’s high court issued a Roe v. Wade-like ruling Monday that forces the country to allow the killing of unborn babies in abortions up to 24 weeks. AFP reports Duque slammed the 5-4 Constitutional Court ruling as “heinous” for decriminalizing abortions on viable, late-term unborn babies.
“Five people (judges) cannot impose on the nation something as heinous as allowing life to be interrupted up to six months” of pregnancy, the president told reporters Tuesday. “We are not talking about a life in gestation, but a life that is already viable.”
Until now, Colombia has protected unborn babies’ right to life in most circumstances. It allowed abortions only in cases of rape and incest or threats to the mother’s life. Most South and Central American countries have strong pro-life Roman Catholic populations that support protecting unborn babies from abortions.
The ruling Monday forces the country to allow the killing of unborn babies in abortions for any reason up to 24 weeks. It was brought about by a series of lawsuits from pro-abortion groups, including the United States-based Center for Reproductive Rights, which told the AP that its goal is “the complete decriminalization of abortion,” meaning abortions without restrictions up to birth.
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