The movement Brazil Without Abortion decried the ruling by the country’s Supreme Court to uphold the Law on Biosecurity that allows for research with human embryos to treat illnesses, despite the fact that scientists around the world have moved away from this method.
In a controversial ruling, the Court struck down a constitutional challenge to the law, which allows for research to be done on embryos that have been created in-vitro and been frozen for more than three years in a fertility clinic.
Sponsors of the law claimed it does not harm the inviolability of the right to life, protected by the Brazilian constitution.
In response, the Brazil Without Abortion movement announced that it would, “continue fighting for the defense of life” by coordinating groups and organizations to protest against the use of embryos as research material. The group also called on Brazilians to be aware of the strategies being used by different entities to legalize abortion in the country.