Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

10/18/2012 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Uruguay becomes second Latin American nation, after Cuba to legalize abortion

In an unprecedented move, the South American nation of Uruguay has taken steps to legalize first-trimester abortion. Uruguay's Senate voted to legalize abortion this week. Both sides of the abortion debate here - those who are Pro-Life and Pro-Abortion in Uruguay, however, claim that there are so many stipulations attached that positively no one is totally satisfied.

Opinion polls have suggested that a majority of Uruguay's 3.3 million people favor decriminalizing abortion, as this law accomplishes.

Opinion polls have suggested that a majority of Uruguay's 3.3 million people favor decriminalizing abortion, as this law accomplishes.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

10/18/2012 (1 year ago)

Published in Americas

Keywords: Uruguay, abortion, first trimester, review board, pro-life


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The law in Uruguay requires a woman seeking an abortion to first explain her situation to a review panel made up of a gynecologist, a mental health expert and a social worker. The woman must then tell "how the pregnancy happened and any difficulties she faces in terms of finances, social and family situations, age or other issues that prevent her from wanting to continue the pregnancy."

The panel then tells the woman about the reach of the law, risks of abortion, alternatives including adoption, and social and economic support that's available.

Senators voted 17-14 to back the measure, which has already passed the lower house. President Jose Mujica was expected to quickly sign it into law.

The law requires that the public health care system must guarantee every woman the freedom to decide without pressure whether or not to have an abortion.

The law is a bold move for any Latin American, as Cuba until now has been the only such country to allow abortions.

The declaration that "every adult woman has the right to decide whether to end her pregnancy during the first 12 weeks of gestation" was dropped in order to win votes for passage. Lawmakers agreed to 10 pages of fine print intended to bring about the same results.

Sen. Luis Gallo, a supporter and member of the ruling Broad Front coalition  agrees that it's not the best law, "and not the solution we wanted, but it's an advance."

All the ruling Broad Front coalition's senators voted in favor, joined by one member of the opposition, Jorge Saravia of the center-right National Party.

After Senate President Danilo Astori declared the measure's passage, a small group of abortion rights activists briefly applauded. Surprisingly, there were no street protests, just a blast of fresh pro-life graffiti painted overnight on the sidewalks outside Parliament.

It's not known how many women have obtained abortions illegally in Uruguay, but thousands were ending up in hospitals with complications annually until the government made morning-after pills available.

Opponents had previously vowed to overturn the measure. "This project is an attack on life and that's why we have voted against it. If we win power in the 2014 elections, we'll seek to overturn it," National Party Sen. Jorge Larranaga said after the vote.

Opinion polls have suggested that a majority of Uruguay's 3.3 million people favor decriminalizing abortion, as this law accomplishes.

"The vote was expected, but it's an extraordinarily important step," a governing party senator, Alberto Couriel, told the AP.

The measure decriminalizes abortions for women who follow the new rules, but firmly states that women who break the rules will not face jail time. However, anyone who helps women obtain abortions outside the margins of the new law would face up to two years in jail.

.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2014
Sports:
That sports may always be occasions of human fraternity and growth.
Lay Missionaries: That the Holy Spirit may support the work of the laity who proclaim the Gospel in the poorest countries.



Comments


More Americas

Would you know if a tiger was in your home? Watch

Image of A tiger was found in a cage in a room of an abandoned house by Mexican authorities. The tiger has been moved to a local zoo while police conduct an investigation.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A Bengal tiger was found by Mexican police officer in an abandoned house after they  received an anonymous tip from a member of the public. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The property was located in the municipality of Chilapa de Alvarez, in the state of ... continue reading


CHILD LABOR HORROR: Ten-year-old children can now be put to work in Bolivia Watch

Image of Ten-year-olds will be able to work as long as they are under parental supervision and also attend school. Twelve is now the minimum age for a child to work under contract. Those children would also have to attend school.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Long a blight of many civilized nations, the South American nation of Bolivia has become the first nation to legalize child labor for children as young as 10 years old. Congress approved the legislation early this month, and Vice President Alvaro Garcia signed ... continue reading


Watch out America! China invades South America with epic trade deal Watch

Image of Brazil is one of the countries that is seeing a massive economic boom, and has made major deals with China in the last few years.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

China is expanding its trade partnership with Brazil, with a $7.5 billion financing agreement with Brazilian miner Vale, the purchase of 60 passenger jets from Brazilian plane maker Embraer, and renewed commitment to invest in Brazil's infrastructure. LOS ... continue reading


Looking good for your age? Try this Brazilian who's 126 Watch

Image of Jose Aguinelo dos Santos was reportedly born on July 7, 1888, a recently released birth certificate says. If true, at 126 years old, he would be the oldest person alive.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A Brazilian man may hold the distinction of being the oldest living person in the world after he received a birth certificate showing that he turned 126 last week. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Jose Aguinelo dos Santos was born on July 7, 1888 to two former ... continue reading


Putin meets with Fidel Castro and his brother: Russia and Cuba to work together Watch

Image of Cuba and Russia at one time enjoyed one of the firmest Cold War alliances. That relationship ended abruptly with the collapse of the Soviet bloc at the start of the 1990s.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Cuban President Raul Castro, joined by his ailing brother Fidel met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Both Putin and his Cuban counterpart signed a slew of agreements expanding cooperation between the two countries. Russia has been the communist island's ... continue reading


The only clear winner in the World Cup - is Univison Watch

Image of Legions of soccer fans used Univision's free streaming to covertly watch games on their office computers or cellphones.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Whatever side of the fence you're on with the World Cup - along with the worldwide televised phenomenon it's quickly become, it's clear that the only real winner will be Univision. It's a gamble that paid off. Taking half-a-million dollars, the Spanish language ... continue reading


Peruvian government makes abortions easier to obtain Watch

Image of Women who become  pregnant as a result of the crime of rape are not allowed an abortion in Peru because the child in the womb is also recognized as having a right to life. The U.N. is attempting to coerce Peru to change its laws to allow abortion in cases of rape.The legislators of Peru do not want to promote another crime in response to horrendous crime of rape. The death of the child would also be a criminal act.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Peru may be making the procurement of an abortion easier. The South American nation, along with  many others on the continent, have had very stringent laws on taking the life of a child in the womb through procured abortion. Every procured abortion always ... continue reading


Nicaragua canal will be 'the biggest [project] built in the history of humanity' Watch

Image of Workers supervise the dredging of the Río San Juan in Nicaraugua.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Hailed as "the biggest [project] built in the history of humanity," the Nicaraguan government and the Hong Kong-based HKND Group plans to build a canal linking the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean. A route has been settled upon, stretching 173 miles from Punta ... continue reading


Amazon rainforest may have been a savannah just 2,000 years ago Watch

Image of As little as 2,000 years ago, the parts of the Amazon rainforest might have actually been savannah, new evidence suggests.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Researchers have recently revealed that parts of the immense Amazon rainforest may have been grassland until just about 2,000 years ago, citing that a shift to a wetter climate may have been the culprit. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The study, which ... continue reading


'Flying saucer' spotted in Chile, called 'official UFO' Watch

Image of The agency ruled out the possibility of any meteorological phenomena, including lenticular clouds, along with experimental aircraft, planes and weather balloons.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Chilean officials don't know what it is, but it's been classified as an official unidentified flying object, or UFO. The pictures so far make it look like the flying saucers of yore. Spotted by four engineers above a remote copper mine, a Chilean government ... continue reading


All Americas News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Gospel, John 11:19-27
19 and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 29th, 2014 Image

St. Martha
July 29: "Jesus loved Martha and Mary and Lazarus." This unique ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter