by Steven Ertelt
December 2, 2005
Bogota, Colombia (LifeNews.com) — Abortion advocates in the pro-life nation of Colombia are attempting to use a court case there to overturn the nation’s laws that prohibit abortion. Pro-life advocates are working overtime to try to halt the lawsuit that is causing controversy in this Catholic nation.
Magaly Llaguno director of Vida Humana Internacional, says an American pro-abortion group Women’s Link Worldwide is behind the Colombia effort.
WLW has filed a lawsuit to overturn the nation’s laws, which prohibit abortions in every instance. Llaguno says the outcome of the case is important not only for Colombia but the entire region of Central and South America, where most countries do not allow abortions.
Llaguno says many other pro-abortion groups based in the U.S. have signed on to the lawsuit, including the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Catholics for a Free Choice, and several student pro-abortion organizations.
She explained that WLW wants to legalize abortion in Colombia "when the woman’s life or her health is in danger, when the pregnancy results from rape and when there are fetal malformations that are incompatible with extrauterine life."
She points to WLW documents showing this strategy as just the first step in making abortion legal in all situations throughout pregnancy.
If Colombia court’s don’t agree with her, Llaguno says the group will appeal to the Interamerican System of Human Rights and the Human Rights Commission at the United Nations, using the argument that the court’s decision "violated the right to equality."
"This is an unfair and deadly foreign intervention, by the main players of the pro-abortion movement in the U.S," Llaguno told LifeNews.com in an email. "They are not satisfied with the death of millions of unborn babies in this country, and they are also pressuring in favor of the killing of unborn babies in Colombia."
Llaguno’s group has been providing extensive help to Fundacion Cultura de la Vida Humana, the HLI affiliate in Colombia, for its educational efforts in defense of life.
The Colombia court is expected to announce its decision on the case in the next two weeks.
The move to overturn pro-life laws is also taking place in other South American nation’s and lawmakers in Brazil are expected to vote any day on whether to legalize all abortions in the early part of pregnancy.
Related web sites:
Vida Humana Internacional – https://www.vidahumana.org