.- A Colombian senator recently proposed a constitutional amendment that would raise âan absolute and complete barrierâ against abortion in the country.
The measure would amend the countryâs constitution in order to reverse the legalization of abortion passed by Colombiaâs Constitutional Court in 2006.
Senator Jose Dario Salazar, leader of the Colombian Conservative Party, said the amendment would change article 11 of the Colombian Constitution, which reads, âThe right to life is inviolable. There shall be no death penalty.â
The phrase âfrom conception to natural deathâ would be added to specifically prohibit abortion.
Senator Salazar spoke with CNA March 3, saying he proposed the reform, which will be formally presented at the end of March, because the ruling of the Constitutional Court that legalized abortion âis doing serious damage to society.â
The true role of the government, he said, is âto develop a social role that offers women and their babies a life of dignity from the beginning, in terms of health care, nutrition and work, so that there is no justification for abortion.â
âThe government needs to provide security for society so that crimes like rape do not take place. It needs to provide women educational, sexual and psychological guidanceâ so that they do not have abortions, he added.
The government has the duty âto provide all of these benefits,â the senator continued. It must not promote the âeasy and absurd solutionâ of aborting a child just because the pregnancy is unwanted or comes at a difficult moment.
Senator Salazar clarified that the amendment would not send women to prison for abortion and noted that the proposal is not of a religious nature. It is rather âa moral and ethical debate on the defense of human life,â as âeven atheists defend life,â the senator concluded.