Loading
Former high-ranking justice official denounces “political trickery” to legalize abortion in Colombia

.- In an article published in the Colombian daily El Tiempo, Rafael Nieto Loaiza, a former high-ranking official of the Justice Ministry in Colombia, denounced the political trickery of abortion supporters who are seeking to legalize the practice in the South American country. In his article, Nieto wrote that “those who seek its legalization have been exposed,” and he called attention to statements made from New York by Colombian lawyer Monica Roa, the author of the request to legalize abortion that has been filed before the Constitutional Court, which reveal that there is an organized strategy to liberalize abortion on the basis of “exceptions” such as rape, fetal deformation or life of the mother.  According to Nieto, these statements “are chilling in their attempt to take advantage of the good will of Colombians.”  He pointed to Roa’s efforts to lead a publicity campaign to influence public opinion on the issue.

“Contrary to what abortion supporters imply in their public statements, the defense of life is not a matter of the Catholic hierarchy or of those who profess religious belief.  To try to discredit this defense by alleging that a group of bishops or a set of religious beliefs are behind it reveals an outdated and evil anticlericalism,” he noted.

Likewise, Nieto maintained that abortion supporters couldn’t rely “on international treaties signed and ratified by Colombia because not only do they not approve of abortion, in the American Convention on Human Rights, they explicitly protect the right to life ‘from the moment of conception’.”

Nieto explained that in ratifying the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), “President Uríbe found himself between two raging fires: on the one hand, there were the women’s organizations that rightly wished to strengthen the mechanisms that protect their rights, and on the other, there were those who feared that the ratification of the Protocol would lead to an erroneous interpretation that would legalize abortion.”

“The President wisely sought to address both concerns and decided that in the ratification of the Colombian Protocol, ‘it shall declare that nothing addressed herein is to be interpreted in the sense of obliging the Government of Colombia to decriminalize any of the acts that are classified as crimes by our legislation’.  The reference, of course, is to abortion, as the President himself said in a statement last Tuesday,” Nieto wrote.

That, Nieto maintained, “set off a firestorm. Those who sought legalization through the ratification (of the Protocol) and who said so often that the Protocol had nothing to do with abortion saw their trickery unmasked and neutralized, and now they are openly firing their whole arsenal against the Government with arguments, including anti-clerical ones, that cannot hold up under serious debate.”

Nieto defended President Uríbe’s right to “act according to his convictions, inasmuch as they are not incompatible with his constitutional and legal obligations.”

“In this case the President’s position is not the result of his faith, whatever that may be, but rather the response to a higher duty that should not be based on any creed: the protection of human life, in particular of those, like the unborn, who have no voice to defend themselves.  I cannot think of a nobler cause,” Nieto concluded.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

A state without territory elects new government
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon
Syrian Christian refugees
Papal Foundation Pilgrimage
Jul
25

Liturgical Calendar

July 25, 2014

Saint James, Apostle

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 20:20-28

Gospel
Date
07/25/14
07/24/14
07/23/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: 2 Cor 4: 7-15
Gospel:: Mt 20: 20-28

Saint of the Day

St. James »

Saint
Date
07/25/14
07/23/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 20:20-28

Homily
Date
07/25/14
07/24/14
07/23/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: