Bogotá, Colombia, Jan 31, 2013 / 16:02 pm
An official leading the Colombian bishops' pro-life efforts expressed regret over a recent decision to continue covering a drug used to induce early abortions in the nation's health care plan.
On Jan. 23, the Colombian press reported on the decision by government officials to continue providing coverage for the drug, Misoprostol. Leaders of the Catholic Church and other religious bodies have criticized the decision.
Dr. Danelia Cardona Lozada, director of the Colombian Bishops' Department for the Promotion and Defense of Life, voiced disappointment over the move, arguing that it is part of efforts by the World Health Organization and other groups to promote abortion in Colombia.
According to a statement on the Colombian bishops' website, Lozada warned that with this measure, "the institutions that legislate and should be seeking the common good in our country 'are failing women.'"