While Ireland continues their ongoing debate about legalizing abortion, Brazil seems to be moving in the opposite direction and could pass a pro-life bill that would protect the lives of all unborn babies. Recently passed by a Brazilian legislative committee, the bill is on its way to changing the Brazilian constitution.
The bill passed overwhelmingly in favor of pro-lifers
This past Wednesday, a Brazilian legislative committee passed the bill with a vote of 18-1. Standing for life, Evangelical Congressman Pastor Eurico showed the committee a model of a 12-week unborn baby. “To defend abortion, like it or not, is a Satanic, diabolical and destructive act,” he said.
Erika Kokay, member of Brazilian political Workers’ Party and the sole woman on the committee cast the solitary dissenting vote. She argued that the bill was unfair to women and that the vote was unfair since most of the committee is pro-life.
For the bill to become part of the constitution, it must pass both chambers of Congress by a two-thirds majority. While difficult, it is possible for the bill to become part of the constitution as Brazil is predominantly Catholic.
Brazil and its current abortion law
Abortion is currently illegal in Brazil except in the cases of rape, incest, if the pregnancy is a danger to the woman’s life or if the baby has anencephaly, a condition where the baby is born missing part of their brain and will die shortly after the birth. Illegal abortions are punishable by up to four years incarcerated. If the abortion was performed without the woman’s consent, if the woman suffers any serious injuries or dies, or if she is under the age of 14, the penalty is even higher. If a pregnant woman performs an abortion on herself or by a non-physician the penalty is up to three years in prison.
According to Angloinfo, a 2010 survey indicated that 82 percent of the population believe that the current abortion law should remain. 16 percent believe that abortions should be available for any reason and only 10 percent believe that all abortions should be illegal. It’s estimated that about one million abortions are conducted illegally in Brazil every year. In addition, complications due to illegal abortions are the third leading cause of maternal deaths in Brazil.
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