by Steven Ertelt
November 8, 2007
Montevideo, Uruguay (LifeNews.com) — Pro-life advocates in the South American nation of Uruguay are frantically organizing support against a bill that has already been approved the country’s Senate. The measure now heads to the House and, should it be approved there, to President Tabare’ Vasquez, who has indicated he may veto it.
The Senate initially tied on a 15-15 vote but took a second vote this week on the bill, which allows all abortions within the first 13 weeks of pregnancy. They approved it on a 18-13 vote.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Uruguay is working overtime to rally support against the measure in the House and to persuade Vasquez to veto it if it heads to him.
Shortly after his election in 2005, the president said he would veto a bill to legalize abortion despite the fact that members of his own party are the ones behind it.
Should the House of Representatives and president support the bill or the Uruguay Congress override a veto, Bishop Pablo Galimberti, who said it violates the "first human right," plans to put together a signature campaign with the hopes of nullifying the law.
According to the Catholic News Agency, Catholic leaders are meeting in the city of Florida to discuss their strategy.
Raimundo Rojas, the Hispanic Outreach Director for the National Right to Life Committee, discussed the situation with LifeNews.com.
"The purveyors of abortion in Latin America are single minded in their determination to legalize the destruction of human life in the region," he said. "They are well funded and financially motivated to pressure the legislatures of as many countries as possible to reject their pro-life laws."
"But the hard working pro-lifers in those countries know that there is no equity for the unborn child who is destroyed, they know that the women who die from legal abortions did not have her best interest represented by the pro-abortionists," Rojas added.
Meanwhile, Bishop Galimberti told the daily Spanish “El Pais” he thought the president would veto the bill, adding, "His position is very commendable, very healthy and very hopeful."