Nation of Colombia Attorney General Will Propose Legalizing Abortion on Demand Up to 12 Weeks

The attorney general of Colombia is proposing a radical new bill to legalize first-trimester abortion on demand in the South American nation. Attorney General Eduardo Montealegre made the announcement Tuesday during a pro-abortion conference, according to the Stabroek News. “The proposal is to unconditionally allow abortion during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. What happens starting with the 12th week? The grounds for (getting) permission for abortion would enter into force,” Montealegre said. Currently, the country only allows abortions in cases of rape, the life and health of the mother and fetal deformity, according to the report. The new bill would allow abortions for any reason in the first trimester, and even later in cases of rape, the life and health of the mother and fetal deformity. The attorney general claims the proposal will help reduce the number of illegal abortions performed in Colombia that are “risky for the women.” One study estimated that approximately 300,000 illegal abortions occur every year in Colombia. However, Dr. Michael New, a political science professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, said abortion groups have greatly overestimated the number of illegal abortions in Colombia. Local news outlets predict that the abortion bill will face strong opposition from pro-life lawmakers and the Catholic Church. Montealegre also admitted that it would be difficult to pass his abortion bill. Abortion advocates have long been pushing their agenda in socially conservative South American countries like Colombia. In 2014, abortion advocates tried to slip an expansion of abortion into a bill to help victims of sexual violence. However, Colombia’s Senate removed the pro-abortion measure from the bill, unanimously voting...