BOGOTA, June 25, 2001 ( – Last Wednesday, the Columbian Supreme Court ruled that abortion “in those cases where the woman has been a victim of violence, rape or non-consensual artificial insemination” is not punishable by prison.

The country’s Catholic Bishops rejected the ruling saying: “the Catholic Church rejects any judicial decision that decriminalizes abortion, even if only partially.” The bishops noted that the ruling, “radically opposes the common good, is totally lacking in true legal validity and is not morally binding since only just laws and sentences have that characteristic.” Abortion, said the bishops, is “in total and insurmountable contradiction to the inviolable right to life that is inherent in every human being.” The bishops stressed that “no law in the world will be able to make abortion, which is an intrinsically negative act, legitimate, contrary to God’s law written in the heart of every human being.”

LifeSite reported in 1999 that the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) demanded that Colombia legalize abortion, as it reviewed the country’s UN compliance report.

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