Bill to legalize abortion in Uruguay moves toward passage
June 6, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A bill to legalize abortion in Uruguay is reportedly moving towards approval following a compromise worked out among leftist parties regarding restrictions on the deadly practice.
After a legalization bill that passed the Senate in December stalled in the lower Chamber of Deputies this year, Deputy Ivan Posada of the Independent Party offered a compromise bill to allow abortion after approval by a committee of professionals.
Originally the committee was to include a “conscientious objector,” which Posada defined as a health care professional who refuses to participate in abortions. However, this requirement was unacceptable to the leftist Broad Front coalition, which holds a plurality of seats in the Chamber, and of which Uruguayan President José Mujica is a member.
Posada is now reportedly offering to remove the conscientious objector requirement to appease the Broad Front. His new bill will require review by an “interdisciplinary team, consisting of at least three professionals, of whom one must be a physician, possibly the doctor who was consulted, another must be specialized in psychological health, and the others in social fields.”
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The review must be done within 48 hours of the request for an abortion, and if approved, the mother must wait five days before finalizing her decision and ending the life of her child.
According to the Infobae news service, Bishop Carlos Collazzi, president of the Uruguay Episcopal Conference, and Marcelo Coppetti, vice-rector of the Catholic University, have met with Posada but have failed to convince him to repudiate his scheme.
Although public opinion polls have long shown a lax attitude with regard to abortion on the part of Uruguayans, who are famously liberal and irreligious in comparison with other Latin Americans, officials of the Catholic Church say that the impetus for legalizing abortion in Uruguay is coming from international organizations with a population control agenda.
“There are international foundations behind these pressures like the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and many more ... who see world population growth as a security problem,” said Gabriela López, secretary of the Uruguay Episcopal Conference in November of last year.
“Sadly, this type of bill is not a local initiative of some legislators but rather one of the strategies promoted internationally by institutions that seek to deceive the people and the legislators, and induce them to approve one thing thinking they are approving another,” Lopez added.