According to a
report in the liberal Colombian daily “El Tiempo,” two justices have
decided to vote in favor of legalizing abortion while two others have
said they will maintain their pro-life positions.
According to the
newspaper, of the other five justices, the Chief Justice has withheld
his thoughts because of his involvement in the drafting of the new
Penal Code; another says he has an “intermediate” position—which
analysts say is difficult to interpret—and the positions of the other
three justices remain unknown.
If the court is
evenly split, an outside judge would have to cast the deciding vote,
but according to “El Tiempo,” the justices are eager to avoid that
As a decision on
the issue is imminent, pro-life groups are calling on all Colombians
and people of good will join in prayer that the right to life will be
protected in the South American country.
“Let us ask
God,” pro-life leaders said, “that the State and the legislature
recognize their obligation to defend human life without reserve.
Especially, the innocent lives of the unborn.”
“Let us pray
that the people who today are on the Constitutional Court understand
they have the responsibility to choose life, that the grace of God will
enlighten them in this decision.” The public can participate in
the prayer campaign by visiting
and pro-family groups in Colombia are urging prayers for the right to
life in that country after it was revealed that four of Colombia’s nine
Supreme Court justices have made up their minds on the issue of