Chile’s new socialist president Bachelet: Abortion is ‘essential’
SANTIAGO DE CHILE, December 20, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Last Sunday, Chileans elected pro-abortion and pro-homosexual candidate Michele Bachelet to the presidency, possibly reversing years of pro-life and pro-family course in the history of the country.
The victorious candidate told Chilean media she would promote “sexual and reproductive rights,” including the “decriminalization of voluntary abortion when the health or life of the mother are at risk, the fetus is not viable or in cases of rape.”
“Clearly we are talking about something that’s essential,” she said. “This means a focus on rights and also prevention,” she explained.
When questioned by Chilevision about homosexual unions she said , “In any modern, democratic country, one would expect equal treatment of all people, religions, ethnicity ,and sexual diversity.”
“If marriage is the expression of love, why not consider this possibility?” she asked. “I believe in a widened concept of family based on affectionate relationships and support networks, and not on stereotypes.”
Left-wing Bachelet was the first female president ever to be elected in Chile in 2006. After losing office to a pro-life challenger, she is returning to the presidency. She will lead the South American country for the next four years, starting in March 2014.
Bachelet spent the past several years as head of the UN’s agency for Women’s Rights.
When first elected president in 2006, she approved a law making the morning-after pill available in state-run hospitals.
For the past four years the country was led by Sebastian Piñera, who consistently resisted all attempts to create exceptions to Chile’s absolute prohibition of direct abortion.
He also won the International Protect Life Award from the International Committee for the Protection of Life, in March 2011.
“Only 46 percent of Chileans voted,” Piñera told CNN Chile, adding that “the better the participation, the healthier is our democracy.”
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This was the first time in Chilean history when voting was voluntary. Some polling houses report that up to 59 percent of citizens did not vote.
Chile is one of the world’s five countries with a total ban of abortion and boasts the lowest maternal mortality rate in Latin America.
During her victory speech, Bachelet said she believed that “Chile has decided that it’s time to start a deep transformation.”