by Steven Ertelt
October 3, 2007
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A pro-abortion group based in the United States has released a new report claiming that pro-life laws in Latin American countries, specifically Nicaragua, are hurting women. However, a leading Hispanic activist says abortion advocacy groups located outside the region are deceiving Latino people.
Abortion advocates have been successful in getting Mexico City to legalize abortion and they are targeting nations like Nicaragua, Brazil, and others to weaken their pro-life laws.
On Tuesday, the U.S.-based pro-abortion group Human Rights Watch released a report on Tuesday claiming the complete abortion ban Nicaragua has adopted is causing human rights abuses.
The group’s new report, titled “Over Their Dead Bodies," supposedly documents how the abortion ban has made women afraid to seek legal reproductive health services.
Raimundo Rojas, the Hispanic outreach director for National Right to Life, tells LifeNews.com that’s not the case.
"Those of us who regularly do battle with the extremist pro-abortion groups such as the Catholics for a Free Choice and groups heralded by mainstream media as legitimate watch dog groups such as Human Rights Watch have sadly learned that we have to take every thing coming from them not just with a grain of salt, but quite possibly an entire salt mine," Rojas said.
"The numbers and statistics and stories now being promulgated by these people, who have as much disdain for the truth as they do human life, has to be weighed against their last big putsch in Latin America when they waved the banner of injustice over one Carmen Clamico," Rojas added.
Climaco is in an El Salvadorian jail for strangling her newborn child, but she claimed that she is jailed for having had an abortion.
The "pro-abort radicals started carrying her banner with no regard for the truth," Rojas told LifeNews.com, saying that they continued to claim Climaco was jailed for an illegal abortion after reports surfaced showing she never had one.
"Now they not only want, but actually expect us to believe these ridiculous claims of dead women and girls not getting medical care," Rojas explained.
The Hispanic advocate told LifeNews.com that pro-abortion groups do a disservice to Latino women by telling them abortion is safe or benefits their health and well-being.
"They claim to be pro-woman and that their interest is in lowering maternal mortality by making abortion the law of the land, when in fact they know that lowering maternal mortality numbers requires access to clean water, prenatal care centers and adequate medical supplies," he said.
Rojas says groups like HRW and Catholics for a Free Choice will continue to push abortion on Latin American countries because they can profit from it.
"There is no money to make for the benefactors of these groups if a woman in Latin America carries a healthy baby to term," he concluded. "They must use these scare tactics to put pressure on these last bastions of safety for the unborn, we cannot let them win."