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Bolivian bishops decry proposal to allow abortion in cases of poverty

March 15, 2017

The Catholic bishops of Bolivia have strongly opposed a plan to liberalize the country’s abortion law, allowing for legal abortion in cases when the mother is living in poverty or already has three or more children.

“The proposal distorts the criminal-justice system, introducing poverty as a reason for impunity for crimes such as infanticide and euthanasia,” the bishops said in a statement put out by their episcopal conference.

The proposal would change current Bolivian law, which allows of abortion only in cases of rape, incest, risk to the mother’s life, or severe fetal deformation.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Mar. 16, 2017 12:13 PM ET USA

    Ya gotta luv that "risk to the mother's life" clause. By my understanding, _every_ pregnancy carries some finite risk, even if infinitesimally small, to a mother's life. This is the rationale for the pro-aborts to claim abortion as a "treatment" for a "medical condition." By this view, pregnancy is just another illness to be treated as one would treat a cancer: cut it out. On this basis, coercive and unjust law has assaulted U.S. Catholic health care for 7 years and has closed many facilities.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Mar. 16, 2017 8:50 AM ET USA

    This is what U.S. politicians have been trying since the 1960's: eliminate poverty by eliminating the poor. Sad.