Around 100,000 Chileans took to the streets to protest the government's push for legislation that will legalize abortion in the country, and many of the rallyists denounced the Christian Democratic Party's (CDP) support for the said bill.
In a surprising move on Tuesday, three out of five senators approved Chilean President Michelle Bachelet's proposal to legalize abortion in three specific cases. The decision moves the country a step closer to lift an abortion ban that was first implemented in 1989 by Augusto Pinochet, TeleSUR reports.
On Saturday, anti-abortion protesters flooded downtown Santiago to attend the "Celebrate Life" rally and reject President Bachelet's push to legalize abortion in cases of rape, danger to mother's life, and grave medical conditions. Many of them slammed the members of the CDP who are supporting the abortion law, Life Site details.
"It is a mockery that members of a party that calls itself 'Christian' dare to legalize the killing of the innocent," said Carmen Croxatto of Chile's Pro-Life Pro-Family Network.
Croxatto also called for CDP president Sen. Carolina Goic to move to strike down the legislation instead of forwarding it to the Senate. Goic, who also serves as the chair of the Senate Health Committee, is reportedly set to approve the pro-abortion legislation.
Pro-life leaders also warned that they will not vote for candidates and parties who will support the abortion legislation in the next elections.
"We do not want to follow the other countries of the world which have abandoned the protection of the weakest members of the human family, starting first with so-called 'only limited abortion' and ending up with even more horrific consequences and all the damage that comes in the wake of abortion to society in general," said Elizabeth Bunster of Chile es Vida.
Chile is known for its very low maternal mortality rates and the legal protection its laws provide for both mother and child. Abortion was first legalized in the country in 1930, but it was banned in 1989 by Pinochet's dictatorship.