.- The Ecuadoran Council of Lay Catholics criticized the reform of the Constitution being carried out by the Constitutional Assembly for supporting abortion, and it has demanded that members of the Assembly change any clauses that would âlegalize abortion in our country.â
The Council pointed out that while Catholics have put forth proposals in favor of the family and human life, which were supported by over 700,000 signatures. The Council asserted that assembly members have âassaulted the sensibilities of Catholic peopleâ by imposing pro-abortion articles on the Constitution.
The Council pointed to a section of the proposed reform entitled âCivil Rights,â which states in reference to âreproductive rightsâ that âall persons have the right to make free, responsible and informed decisions about their health and reproductive life and to decide when and how many children to have.â It said the language used leaves the door open for legalized abortion.
The Laity Council also explained that the right to life would depend on âthe reproductive rights of the mother;â if she decides âto conceive and continue with the pregnancy, the baby would receive protection and care,â but âif she decides to abort there would obviously be no one to protect or care for,â the Council stated.
âConsequently, what is guaranteed from the moment of conception is not the life of the unborn, but rather their âprotection and care,â as long as they are alive through the will of the mother,â it said.
âWe demand Assembly members acknowledge the will of the Catholic people and change these texts with which they intend to underhandedly legalize abortion in our country,â the Council stated.