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Poverty might legalize abortion in Bolivia?

There is controversy in Bolivia over the abortion legalization project that the government promotes in the framework of a reform of the Penal Code, and decriminalizes that practice in "the first eight weeks of pregnancy, only once", when the woman "is in a situation of extreme poverty, does not have sufficient resources for self-support or their family, is the mother of three or more children or daughters and does not have sufficient resources for their support..

The project also decriminalizes abortion in "any stage of gestation" in cases where there is a risk to life or "integral health" of the pregnant woman, "fetal malformations incompatible with life," if the pregnancy was the result of a rape or in case of being a teenage mother.

It also orders the state to provide the means for these abortions to be carried out, and in an absolutist trait it forbids the use of conscientious objection in order not to practice them.

It is surprising that it is the Left Government of Evo Morales who sees in abortion a solution to poverty. What the Nazis did for racism is now promoted for class reasons. A Malthusian conception worthy of the wildest capitalism is nevertheless defended in the name of 21st century socialism.

As expected, the Episcopal Conference of Bolivia (CEB) reacted. "As a Church and as a decent society we can not accept these assumptions, the State is obliged to create public policies aimed at improving the lives of people and educational policies to support pregnant women and violence prevention so that life in our society is possible for all, "the bishops said in a statement, which in addition to ratifying their defense of the" right to life "as" a fundamental right, "recalled the words of Pope Francisco in his visit to Bolivia, when he exhorted "to protect and care for the most vulnerable" and "to work for the life and dignity of all, especially the poorest."

The bishops denounced that the project "introduces a foreign ideological colonization that discards children born to be vulnerable and accepts the sad violence of abortion as a supposed way to solve social and economic problems.”

The CEB also denounced that "the proposal distorts the penal system by introducing poverty as a reason for impunity".

In fact, it seems that, for project promoters, the abortion of the son of a poor person is more acceptable.

Beyond the religious arguments, what impacts is the rupture with the tradition of a Bolivian left, indigenist and nationalist, and a surrender to the economist criteria to design social policies.