In an Aug. 16 statement read in the Uruguayan Congress after the bill was rejected by the Committee on Health Care, pro-life leaders warned there were numerous bills aimed at legalizing abortion, not just one, and that all of them â€œaim to force health care centers to perform abortions.â€
They also denounced the Senate for refusing to allow pro-life organizations to testify and for rushing a bill through the Senate in Christmas of 2011 to escape public notice.
Since the measure did not gain the approval of the Public Health Committee, abortion supporters pushed for the creation of a â€œSpecial Commissionâ€ comprised of a pro-abortion majority that approved it â€œliterally in the dark of night.â€
Pro-life groups called the move by the Commission â€œanti-democraticâ€ and â€œunconstitutional.â€Â They noted that the measure does not address the needs of women or of the unborn and â€œtotally ignores the rights and obligations of parents.â€
â€œIt does not address the demographic reality of our country, which is characterized by a low birth rate and an ageing population.â€
They also complained that numerous proposed measures that would help pregnant women and their babies are not being debated in Congress.