Promise for pro-life measures in Puerto Rico

Monday, March 25, 2019
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

keep abortion legal abortion kills signsPuerto Rico may be edging toward some restrictions on abortion.

Abortion had largely been illegal in the Commonwealth. But in 1974, a year after the U.S. Supreme Court decision to legalize the practice in all states, Puerto Rican legislators passed a law imitating the Roe v. Wade decision. According to Maurine Ibern, legal advisor to the Guadalupe Center for Life and Family and Human Life International in Puerto Rico, that opened the floodgates for abortion there.

"The statutes in Puerto Rico are more liberal and … abortion is [completely] available … to put it that simply," she tells OneNewsNow. "That is often said, that statutes on abortion in Puerto Rico are much more liberal."

1993 saw a move to put simple requirements in the law according to submitted legislation, but that effort failed.

"In 2018, there was a serious attempt, and then there was much more support among the Catholic and Christian organizations … in Puerto Rico to try to get it approved," Ibern explains.

But to no avail.

Just last month, both houses of the Commonwealth passed a bill with restrictions like informing women of the pros and cons of abortion and requiring parental consent for minors and care for babies born alive in abortions. However, Governor Ricardo Rossello vetoed the measure. Ibern says at the least the initial victory has opened a line of discussion, showing promise for some pro-life restrictions in the future.

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