The Chilean Senate has voted down three bills introduced in recent months aimed at legalizing so-called therapeutic abortion in the country.
“Protection of the right to life should be maintained,” Senator Alberto Espina of the National Renewal Party said. “Our laws establish protection in the case of the unborn and that right begins at the moment of conception.”
Local media reported that the votes taken on April 4 were not enough to pass any of the three measures in the Senate. Those who supported the legislation vowed they would continue to push for their passage.
However, other lawmakers such as Senator Carlos Larrain, also a member of the National Renewal Party, called abortion “a sort of open death sentence” and opposed legalization of the procedure in the country.
Chilean President Sebastian Pinera has repeatedly said he opposes any attempt to legalize abortion and would veto any law that would allow the killing of the unborn.