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Sunday, February 11, 2007
Portugal Will Not Liberalize Its Abortion Laws
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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

4 comments:

del_button February 12, 2007 at 12:37 AM
Fidei Defensor said...

I am not too sure how Portugesse Politics works but I think, even though the pro-death forces won a slim electoral victory our win was more than a technicallity.

I think, and I could be wrong, but the pro-life campaign in Portugal may not have been so much about "VOTE NO" as it was about "DON'T VOTE."

This is how Catholics won an election regarding invitro fertelization in Italy 2 years ago, they refused to the polls, rendering the results null and void.

In Portugal the Catholics may have had the same idea, had they turned out in large numbers to vote they may have risked still losing but having a high enough voter turn out for the abortion laws to change.

The good news is Catholics are winning demographically all over the world, I would expect that within a generation, Portugal will have a solid pro-life majority again.

The bad news is, for whatever reason abortion is up for a vote every few years in Portugal, the forces of the culture of death do not cease! I gurantee a lot of money was poured into there side and much was made of the fact that their abortion laws make them backwards and old fashioned in the eyes of European elites.

Look at Ireland though, the highest quality of life in Europe, strong Catholic laws, who's laughing now?

Thanks for keeping us updated on this issue, I was praying to Our Lady of Fatima on this one!

del_button February 12, 2007 at 1:02 AM
PBXVI said...

The fight is not over though, because now we have the government trying to take matters into their own hands. They seem to stop at nothing for the murder of innocent children! Keep the prayers commin'. Thank you Jesus for this victory! God Bless!

del_button February 12, 2007 at 1:57 PM
Fidei Defensor said...

pbxvi is right, it appears that the socialist goverment is going to try to force legalization anyway! Looks like we must continue praying for Portugal! It would be wonderful if the Holy Father himself would visit and rally Catholics there.

del_button February 13, 2007 at 11:52 PM
Amber said...

I'm glad of the outcome and I pray it will stay this way...

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