WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In the middle of the night, tacked onto another bill, the lower house of Uruguay’s congress passed a bill to legalize abortion 50-49 – yet the most recent polls show that Uruguay citizens oppose this decision.
As a part of it’s global outreach, Personhood USA sponsored the largest poll ever conducted on the issue of abortion in Uruguay, contacting 118,264 households from Oct. 12-14. 51,922 households responded in favor of abortion, while a majority of 66,342 households identified themselves as prolife and in favor of protecting life before birth.
The numbers, translated to 56.1% prolife and 43.9% pro-abortion, are a clear indicator that the majority of Uruguay citizens are not in favor of abortion.
This 118,264 household poll directly challenges a much smaller survey of only 800 people, which appeared to inaccurately claim that the majority of Uruguay citizens were in favor of abortion. This survey was referenced by the Huffington Post.
As the bill awaits final approval, Uruguay could be the second country in Latin America, only behind Communist Cuba, to legalize abortion. The new law allows even late-term abortions in certain medical cases, despite the findings of a recent medical symposium in Ireland which determined that abortion is never medically necessary.
“It is a tragedy that the government in Uruguay is attempting to impose this death sentence to its smallest citizens,” commented Gualberto GarciaJones, J.D., legal analyst for Personhood USA. “Worse, we have seen major physical and emotional risks to women who suffer abortions. We know that abortion is dangerous for women, and lethal for innocent babies. Uruguay must put a stop to the legalization of killing in their country, or the consequences will be dire.”
Recent studies have determined that countries where abortion is illegal or severely restricted enjoy among the lowest maternal mortality rates, such as Ireland and Chile.
“Uruguay need only look at the United States to see the damage legalized abortion can cause,” continued GarciaJones. “Our families are broken, multitudes of women suffer permanent injuries, and one third of our children have been brutally killed by abortion. Uruguay’s citizens do not want abortion, and it should not be forced upon them. The women of Uruguay deserve better.”