MANAGUA, July 28 ( – The government of Nicaragua under President Arnoldo Alem‡n is set to debate a pro-life initiative to give legal protection to preborn babies and to remove a section of the penal code which permits abortions in cases where the health or life of the mother is said to be at risk. The allowance has been abused by abortionists and foreign funded women’s centres which specialize in abortion provision, contraception, and abortion advocacy. Pro-lifers are asking the government to revoke the legal status of the so-called women’s clinics thus cutting them off from their foreign funding.

Abortion advocates are clamouring to have their foreign sponsors raise an “international outcry” against the pro-life initiative. The actions against Nicaragua have begun with the UNFPA having told the country in February that aid to the country would be halted since the nation’s family planning programs contained “discrepancies.” UNFPA was enraged over the decision of Nicaraguan Minister for Families Max Padilla and Education Minister Fernando Robleto to reject the UN’s “reproductive health” programs which advocate abortion. LifeSite also reported in February that Nicaragua officially declared March 25 as the “National Day of the Unborn.” The decree stated that “the right to life, inherent in each of the inhabitants of the nation and the world, is the principal axis of human rights and, therefore, merits the determined attention of the government.”

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