I’m a few days behind the curve, but Nicaragua’s trying to pass a law banning abortion even when the woman’s life is in danger. Right now the country bans abortion with exceptions for maternal life, which violates the Catholic Church’s doctrine that fetuses are more important than born people. Says the Beeb,
[Link] Nicaragua’s parliament has moved closer to reforming the penal code to extend the ban on abortions to include cases where the mother’s life is at risk.
The reform has been put before its judicial commission, which has 10 days to decide on whether it should be voted on by a full session of the assembly.
In 2003, the public prosecutor’s office in Nicaragua ruled that an abortion carried out on a nine-year-old girl who had been raped was legal, as it had been done in order to save her life.
However, if a proposal put before the parliament’s judicial committee becomes law, the doctors that carried out that abortion could be sentenced to up to 30 years in prison.
Maybe I’m parsing this wrong, but not only is the Catholic Church trying to get abortion banned, but also it tries to get it banned ex post facto. This is too reminiscent of The Handmaid’s Tale, where even having performed abortions before the revolution can get doctors hanged.
What is especially interesting is that the Sandinistas support the ban, while the Liberals oppose it. Of course from my point of view the normal order of things is that the leftists support greater bodily autonomy, unless they’re Marxists (which the Sandinistas aren’t). But in Latin America the liberals have always been at the forefront of anti-clericalism, so in a way it makes sense if they’re more pro-choice than the socialists.