The ripple effects of Roe v. Wade and the 63 million unborn babies’ deaths that it caused are felt across the world.
This week, pro-life leaders in Latin America talked with the Catholic News Agency’s ACI Prensa about how the infamous U.S. Supreme Court ruling has affected their countries and what overturning it could mean for unborn babies’ rights internationally.
Overturning Roe would bring a “very important ray of hope” for the whole world, said Raúl Magnasco, president of the More Life Foundation of Argentina.
Almost a year ago, Argentina caved to international pressure and legalized the killing of unborn babies in abortions. Most countries in Central and South America protect unborn babies from abortion, but they are facing intense pressure from the United Nations, the Biden administration and others to stop protecting unborn babies’ right to life.
Pro-life leaders in many of these countries told ACI Prensa that they believe the pressure to legalize abortion would lessen if Roe v. Wade is overturned.
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“It would help El Salvador, in the sense that the arguments and lies that were used in the United States to legalize abortion, and that are still used here by those promoting the abortion industry, would be undercut,” said Julia Regina de Cardenal, president of the Yes to Life Foundation of El Salvador.
Jesús Magaña, president of United for Life in Colombia, agreed, pointing out how Roe “has been disastrous not only for the United States but for the world.”
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, its 1973 decision that forces states to legalize abortion on demand up to viability and allows abortions for any reason up to birth. In the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, lawyers for the state of Mississippi asked the high court to overturn Roe or, at the very least, allow states to protect unborn babies from abortion by 15 weeks.
A ruling is not likely until the spring or summer of 2022, but pro-life advocates across the world already are preparing for what the court may do.
Here’s more from the report:
Rodrigo Iván Cortés, president of the National Front for the Family of Mexico, and vice president of the Political Network for Values, told ACI Prensa that a decision reversing Roe v. Wade “would mean a huge setback for the ideological activism for the culture of death” that the United States exerts in Latin America, especially under the Biden administration.
Cortés said, “it has been clearly noted that that administration is putting pressure on Mexico to change laws and policies to impose abortion.”
In addition, he said that this change “would mean a very important example” for the magistrates on Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation, who “are clearly subservient to that ideology of death.”
In El Salvador, de Cardenal said the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s “lucrative business” of aborting unborn babies also “would be greatly affected,” and “the humanity of the 15-week fetus would become more evident, which has already been demonstrated by science and technology.”
Guatemalan pro-life leader Ligia Briz told the news outlet that overturning Roe would put a damper on pro-abortion groups’ attempts to legalize abortion there, too.
“The organizations that are trying to push this issue in our countries, going against our legislation, especially in Guatemala, by law they will have to cease and desist,” said Briz, executive director of the The Family Matters Association of Guatemala.
And in Peru, which remains strongly pro-life, Giuliana Caccia, director of the Origen Association, said the action would demonstrate that “the truth always triumphs.”
“It would give us an indisputable argument, because this ruling was always invoked,” Caccia told ACI Prensa. “Abortion has no legal basis, and no ruling or law can deny that it is a duty to defend life from conception, under any circumstance.”
In America, people want Roe gone, too. Polls consistently show that Americans support protections for unborn babies, especially after the first trimester. A recent Associated Press poll found that a strong majority of Americans oppose abortions in the second and third trimesters; and other polls show support heartbeat laws that protect unborn babies at their earliest stage of life.
What the Supreme Court will do is not certain, but the justices are expected to hand down a ruling sometime next year, likely in June.