A follow-up to Mala’s post from a couple of weeks ago.
In a giant leap backwards, the Nicaraguan parliament has yielded to the pressures of religious groups and the Nicaraguan president himself and moved to make therapeutic abortion (abortion to save a mother’s life) illegal and punishable by law in the coutry.
The parliament has left the current sentence for those who practice the abortions in place — six years in prison — in spite of the fact that President Enrique Bolaños was pushing for a much harsher sentence of 20 to 30 years.
Meanwhile, according to Spain’s 20 Minutos, the United Nations and the European Union are “worried”. You see, it’s no coincidence that this is being debated now…election day is just over a week away.
The measure was approved with the help from the left in an attempt to bolster favor for their candidate Daniel Ortega.
According to 20 Minutos, in a joint statement the United Nations and the European Union said:
“given that this is a highly sensitive issue that affects the life, health, and judicial safety of Nicaraguan women,” this issue should not be discussed so close to the November 5th elections.
Reuters reports that hundreds of women protested the passing of the measure outside of the National Assembly Wednesday night, many calling the decision a “death sentence” for pregnant women and a “violation of human rights”.
Via / 20 Minutos and Reuters