On the feastday of Our Lady of Lourdes in the country of Portugal, people headed to the polls to vote on whether or not to liberalize the country's abortion laws. With more than 90% of the current population Catholics, it is scandalous for such a country to even think of allowing more abortions!
Current law allows abortion only in cases of rape, fetal malformation or if a mother's health is in danger. All abortions must take place in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Portugal is joined by Malta, Ireland, and Poland as the only European countries that have outlawed abortion on demand.
I am proud to proclaim that Portugal's attempt to liberalize abortion laws on this day has failed!! However, according to Radiotelevisao Portuguesa, 57-61% voted in support of the law while only 39-43% voted to against increasing abortions. It is scandalous that a Catholic Country voted in such a manner! The only ray of light was the fact that voter turnout was 34-40%, and the ballot is valid only if 50% of citizens vote. Thus, on a technicality, the lives of innocent children will continue to be spared in Portugal. The Socialist government has promised to work to liberalize abortion now through Parliament.
March 11, 2007 Update: Abortion was legalized
Sunday, February 11, 2007
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