Managua, Nicaragua, May 14, 2021 / 15:19 pm
The Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Managua stated Thursday that the "abominable crime" of abortion should not be on the agenda for November’s Nicaraguan general election.
“Abortion is an abominable crime that builds the culture of death … Let us remember that abortion should not be an election issue because human life is not negotiable, but rather should be defended and promoted,” the commission said May 13.
In Nicaragua, abortion of any kind is not allowed since the National Assembly reformed the Penal Code in 2006 and penalized so-called therapeutic abortion, which had been permitted since 1891 in cases of risk to the life of the mother, irreversible harms to the child, or when the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.
Elections in Nicaragua for president and members of the National Assembly, as well as members of the Central American Parliament, will be held Nov. 7.
According to a May 13 EFE news agency report, a presidential candidate for the opposition, George Henríquez Cayasso, said the opposition in Nicaragua is divided on such issues as “abortion, sexual diversity, feminism, gay marriage or the Christian faith” which “makes a broad coalition for the elections difficult.”
The Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Managua made it clear that “in the face of current trends in support of abortion, euthanasia, the death penalty, it is appropriate to remember that the right to life is the first of human rights , and that from the moment of conception there is a child, a human being who has the right to live.”
The commission also explained that "human rights are not ‘religious matters,’ but rights inherent to human nature, which is not a concession or gift given by the state."
"These rights begin with the right to life, therefore, induced abortion is a crime and violation of the fundamental right to life on which all other rights are based," the commission stressed.