LOLP opposes Uruguay's recent decision to legalize abortion


The Culture of Death has dealt a harsh blow to the country of  Uruguay, whose legislature voted late Tuesday night to relax abortion prohibitions. The bill, as it was passed in the Chamber of Deputies, allows for abortion on-demand for the first twelve weeks of pregnancy.  When the pregnancy is a result of a rape, abortion is legal an additional two weeks, until fourteen weeks. Additionally, the bill decriminalizes later-term abortions when the mother’s life is at risk or where the fetus is considered so deformed that it would not survive after birth.  
Thankfully, this bill does not go so far as to remove all limits on abortion.  Women seeking an abortion must justify their request to a panel of three professionals (a gynecologist, a psychologist, and a social worker).  Additionally, the law ensures that women will be able to give informed consent, by mandating that women be told about their alternative options, including adoption and parenting support services, and by requiring a five-day reflection period before the abortion can be performed.  Furthermore, if the mother gives her consent, the review panel will take into consideration the father’s point of view.  Teen mothers must show parental consent, but, like in the United States, are able to get a judicial bypass if they are unwilling or unable to do so.
Uruguayan president, Jose Mujica, has stated that he will sign the bill if the Senate approves the version that came out of the Chamber of Deputies.   The Senate has approved a more liberal abortion bill, and many senators are frustrated by “compromises” on what they view as an absolute right to abortion.
The bill passed the Chamber of Deputies by only the slimmest of margins: 50-49.  Many Uruguayans are denouncing the bill and promising to promote a popular referendum.  Deputy Pablo Abdala calls the abortion bill a human rights violation, and Dr. Marie Gonzalez, a bioethicist at the University of the Republic, vowed to work to persuade her fellow gynecologists to refuse to perform the procedure.
Jubilee Campaign’s Law of Life Project recently sent a letter to the Uruguayan parliament, urging them not to give in to the well-funded pressures coming from the international abortion industry largely supported by the Rockefeller Foundation who, along with other “population control” organizations, like Planned Parenthood and its founder Margaret Sanger, have long sought to impose their eugenic policies on developing countries, like Uruguay. 
The Law of Life Project noted that Uruguayan law has long and rightfully reflected the principles embodied in the San Jose Articles, namely, that as a matter of scientific fact, at the moment of conception a new human life is formed. This fact is affirmed in Chapter 2 (Civil and Political Rights), Article 4 (The Right to Life) of the American Convention of Human Rights, a binding treaty to which Uruguay, as a ratifying signatory, is obligated. We emphasized to the Uruguayan government that there is no international legal obligation to provide access to abortion based on any ground (see the San Jose Articles).  Contrary to the virulence spewed out by Planned Parenthood, laws which protect the life and dignity of an unborn child are neither discriminatory nor anti-woman. Instead, such laws provide an unequivocal statement that all life is worthy of protection and ensures that all girls, even those in the womb, have an opportunity to thrive in life.
As a way of demonstrating to the Uruguayan government that abortion is not the answer to reducing maternal mortality, we cited a ground-breaking study published in May 2012, by a team of researchers at the North Carolina Medical School explaining the reasons for the dramatic decline in maternal mortality and morbidity among Chilean women. The study, which was done “to assess the main factors related to maternal mortality reduction in . . . Chile in context of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” concluded that increasing education level (which modulates other key factors such as access and utilization of maternal health facilities, changes in women's reproductive behavior, and improvements of the sanitary system) appears to favorably impact the downward trend in the MMR. Importantly, the study also concludes that the reduction in the MMR is not related to the legal status of abortion: “[P]rohibition of abortion in Chile did not influence the downward trend in the maternal mortality ratio. Thus, the legal status of abortion does not appear to be related to overall rates of maternal mortality.” This study demonstrates that Uruguay can still meet its international commitments without sacrificing its long-standing commitment to its unborn children.
The Law of Life Project will continue to work to oppose organizations such as Planned Parenthood which seek to spread their message of death across the globe, threatening innocent human lives and respect for life in the law in countries such as Uruguay.  Please keep the people of Uruguay in your prayers as they stand on brink of legalized abortion.