By Jonathon Van Maren
Across Latin America, politicians and pro-life leaders are responding to last week’s legalization of abortion in Argentina. Abortion activists have been hoping that the narrow Senate vote will herald a new shift away from protections for pre-born children across the continent, but the reactions thus far indicate that the pro-life majority is holding strong in the face of the Argentine tragedy.
President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil condemned the vote in the strongest terms, releasing a statement on Twitter: “I deeply regret the lives of Argentine children, now subject to being cut from their mothers’ wombs with the consent of the State. As far as it depends on me and my government, abortion will never be approved on our soil. We will always fight to protect the lives of the innocent!”
Brazil’s Foreign Affairs Minister Ernesto Araújo concurred, posting an article on the abortion vote and noting that his nation would remain “the vanguard of the right to life and in the defense of the defenseless…no matter how many countries legalize the barbarity of indiscriminate abortion disguised as ‘reproductive health’ or ‘social rights’.”