by Steven Ertelt
August 25, 2006
Bogota, Colombia (LifeNews.com) — The first legal abortion has taken place in Colombia since the South American nation’s top court legalized it in some cases in May. The nation’s Supreme Court weakened the country’s pro-life law in May — changing it from a complete ban on abortions to allowing them in cases of rape or incest of if the baby has severe physical deformities.
The court also allowed abortions in very rare situations when it could be necessary to save the life of the mother.
The abortion case involved an 11 year-old girl who became pregnant after her stepfather raped her.
According to a BBC report, the girl’s abortion wasn’t automatic but had to go to the courts before it was authorized. The case made headlines in Colombia media for weeks before the abortion was done.
The Catholic Church condemned the abortion and hundreds of pro-life advocates demonstrated outside the hospital where the abortion happened.
In July, the bishops of Colombia said abortions should not be legal. The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Archbishop Luis Augusto Castro Quiroga pointed to statements of Pope Benedict XVI which declared that the value of human life is not negotiable.
He said the Colombia high court’s decision to legal abortion in some cases did not make it morally allowable.
The 5-3 ruling by the Colombia court in May puts the nation’s abortion law in line with most other South American nations, which prohibit abortion but allow them in the rare cases.
El Salvador and Chile are now the only Latin American nations to completely prohibit abortions.