The Colombian Constitutional Court issued a radical pro-abortion ruling Monday that forces the South American country to legalize the killing of unborn babies in abortions up to 24 weeks.
The court ruled 5-4 in favor of decriminalizing abortion in response to a series of lawsuits from pro-abortion groups, the Washington Post reports. The high court initially split on the case last year, so it appointed two special judges to break the tie.
Until now, Colombia protected unborn babies’ right to life in most circumstances. It allowed abortions only in cases of rape and incest or threats to the mother’s life.
After the ruling, abortion activists, wearing green, celebrated in the streets of Bogotá, the capital, dancing and shouting because the killing of unborn babies in abortions is now legal, a video published by The Guardian shows.
However, some pro-abortion groups complained that the ruling did not go far enough.
The United States-based Center for Reproductive Rights, one of the groups involved in the case, told the AP that it wants abortions to be legal for any reason up to birth.
Here’s more from the report:
“We were trying to get the complete decriminalization of abortion … but this is still a historic step,” said Cristina Rosero, a lawyer for the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights, an advocacy group that was one of five organizations that filed a lawsuit in 2020 to get the high court to review Colombia’s abortion laws.
The lawsuit argued that restrictions on abortion discriminated against women from low-income areas for whom it was harder to get legal abortions, because they had less access to doctors, lawyers or psychologists who could help them to prove that carrying out pregnancies would put their health at risk.
Notably absent from most news reports about the ruling was the pro-life response. The AP briefly mentioned one, Jonathan Silva with United for Life, who expressed shock at the ruling.
“We don’t understand how this happened,” Silva said. “But we will have to stage protests, and call on members of Congress to regulate abortion.”
Members of the country’s Congress also slammed the ruling as a violation of human rights and promised to work to undo it.
“The decision on abortion violates the right to life of the unborn, the most defenseless. We Colombians who respect life from conception will seek through a referendum to straighten out what the Constitutional Court has done today,” Sen. María del Rosario Guerra wrote on Twitter.
Another pro-life lawmaker, Sen. Paola Holguin, criticized the court for legalizing the “murder” of a defenseless child.
“Abortion is nothing different from the murder of a defenseless being by its mother in the womb; which goes against the fundamental right to life, enshrined in article 11 of the National Constitution,” Holguin wrote on Twitter. “#AbortoEs (abortion is) the murder of an innocent that denatures a mother. Life is always the best option, it is a fundamental and sacred right,” she continued.
Abortion activists and rich globalists have been targeting South and Central American countries’ pro-life laws for years, and several countries have caved into the pressure.
Argentina legalized abortions in late 2020, and Ecuador passed a pro-abortion bill last week. Additionally, the Mexico Supreme Court issued a ruling last year that pro-life advocates fear will be used to legalize the killing of unborn babies nation-wide in the coming years. Right now, Mexico allows states to decide, and most protect unborn babies by banning abortions.
In 2020, human rights groups across Central and South America accused the United Nations of pressuring their countries to legalize the killing of unborn babies in abortions during the coronavirus crisis.
Legalizing abortion does not save lives or help women. Abortions destroy unborn babies’ lives and often harm mothers physically and/or psychologically. Pro-abortion groups often overestimate the number of illegal and unsafe abortions that occur in countries across the world. Growing research also indicates that access to basic health care, not abortion, is what really improves women’s lives.
Below is an image of an unborn baby at 24 weeks.