(LifeSiteNews) – In a massive victory for pro-lifers in Chile, 62 percent of voters rejected a proposed pro-abortion constitution backed by the country’s young leftist leader, 36-year-old President Gabriel Boric, a former student protest leader. The new constitution, drafted by a constituent assembly, was intended to replace the 41-year-old existing constitution implemented by dictator General Augusto Pinochet and drafted by his supporters.
The 388 articles of the proposed constitution would have locked many progressive agenda items into law, from enforced gender parity in government to universal healthcare – but the most controversial was the legalization of abortion as a fundamental women’s right.
The abortion wars have been raging across Latin and South America for years now, with abortion being legalized in Colombia, provinces of Mexico, and in Argentina by a razor-thin margin, while pro-life politicians and activists have successfully defended pre-born human rights in Guatemala, Ecuador, El Salvador, Brazil, and elsewhere.
Two dueling mass movements have sprung up, with the green movement fighting for abortion rights and the blue movement defending the right to life of pre-born children. The abortion movement is backed by Western governments, NGOs, and international organizations. The pro-life movement is fuelled by the support of millions of ordinary men, women, and children who have flocked to staggeringly large marches and protests.
Thus, the inclusion of abortion “rights” by the constituent assembly on March 16 was extremely controversial and attracted the bloodthirsty gaze of the international elites, who hoped for the opportunity to bring abortion to another South American country.
A large march by abortion activists in Santiago fueled hopes that this might be successful. Prior to 2017, abortion was totally illegal in Chile; at that point, exceptions to the ban were implemented if the mother’s life was at risk, for babies who would not have survived the pregnancy (in a doctor’s estimations), or during the first 12 weeks if the child was conceived through sexual assault.
Attempts to liberalize these laws further have failed, most recently in the Chilean Congress in November 2021.
We do not yet have solid data on why Chileans voted so overwhelmingly to reject the sweeping new constitution, but the inclusion of abortion is certainly one reason. The research firm Cadem found last year that only 46 percent of Chileans supported a law that would legalize abortion prior to fourteen weeks, with 52 percent opposing the law. Chileans do support the creation of a new constitution but sent a clear message to the leftist government that they are not happy with what they were offered.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's flippant disregard for the unborn has reached a new low amid her unfounded claims about abortion restrictions — all while claiming to be a Catholic.
Now, Speaker Pelosi has ventured into the absurd, ironically labelling the pro-life movement's goal of restricting abortions and saving the unborn as "sinful."
LifeSiteNews reported the full event that brought about her comments:
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has once again criticized the pro-life movement, calling its efforts to save unborn babies “sinful.”
Pelosi made the remarks during a “roundtable discussion,” which took place at the University of California in San Francisco to mark “Women’s Equality Day” last Friday.
“The fact that this is such an assault [sic] on women of color and…lower income families is just sinful. It’s sinful,” Pelosi said about abortion restrictions.
Speaker Pelosi's moral compass has been inverted, accusing the pro-life movement an offense to God.
It is "sinful," according to Pelosi, that we defend life in the womb.
It is "sinful," according to Pelosi, that we protect young, vulnerable, and desperate women from the pain and remorse that follows abortion.
It is "sinful," according to Pelosi, that we protect the least among us — the unborn — by finally abolishing the abortion industry.
Pelosi is completely backwards, having clearly lost sight of the truly sinful and horrendous act of abortion.
Send a clear message to Speaker Nancy Pelosi: Catholics demand an apology for her perverse comments calling the pro-life movement's goal of abolishing abortion "sinful."
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"We the undersigned demand a public apology, and await your public retraction of such a wild accusation."
P.S. — Nancy Pelosi has gotten away with using her faith as a shield for the most terrible leftwing policies, including abortion. By raising your voice with us, we will send a clear message that she can no longer use Christianity as cover for her disgusting far-left plans!
The New York Times has reported that President Gabriel Boric has now recommended that a new constituent assembly be elected to propose a new constitution.
Abortion activists are unlikely to give up, and with support for legal abortion being highest among those below the age of thirty, they will push for abortion-supporting language in any new document, as well.
Left-leaning media outlets reported the news with palpable disappointment, and abortion activists mourned the failure as a big step backwards. In Argentina and elsewhere, however, abortion activists have responded to major losses by regrouping and changing tactics. Congressional legislation has failed; inserting abortion into a proposed constitution has failed; but with international support and international money, abortion activists will have other tricks up their sleeve.
For the time being, conservative politicians are declaring victory and Boric called a meeting with party leaders at the presidential palace to discuss next steps. He has promised that the next draft should be a proposal that “unites the country.”