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Nicaragua Bans All Abortions!

The government of Nicaragua has banned all abortions regardless of how the woman was impregnated or whether or not the pregnancy is a threat to her physical health. Amnesty International discovered that many young girls who have been subjected to sexual violence by family or friends are forced to give birth to children who might be their own brother or cousin. Statistics reveal a record number of pregnant teenagers who committed suicide by consuming poison and about 33 girls died in pregnancy last year. Former radical leader Daniel Ortega who once fought for women rights decided getting elected was more important than adhering to principles of social justice. Once elected he pushed through a blanket ban on termination of any pregnancy.

The lunacy of the ban on abortions includes criminal penalties against doctors and nurses who treat a pregnant woman or girl for illnesses such as HIV or cancer if such treatment could cause injury or lead to the death of the embryo or foetus. As Amnesty International executive deputy secretary general noted: “there is only one way to describe what we have seen in Nicaragua–sheer horror. Children are being compelled to bear children.”

How can any church support such laws and term themselves followers of Jesus Christ?

Nicaragua Bans All Abortions!

The government of Nicaragua has banned all abortions regardless of how the woman was impregnated or whether or not the pregnancy is a threat to her physical health. Amnesty International discovered that many young girls who have been subjected to sexual violence by family or friends are forced to give birth to children who might be their own brother or cousin. Statistics reveal a record number of pregnant teenagers who committed suicide by consuming poison and about 33 girls died in pregnancy last year. Former radical leader Daniel Ortega who once fought for women rights decided getting elected was more important than adhering to principles of social justice. Once elected he pushed through a blanket ban on termination of any pregnancy.

The lunacy of the ban on abortions includes criminal penalties against doctors and nurses who treat a pregnant woman or girl for illnesses such as HIV or cancer if such treatment could cause injury or lead to the death of the embryo or foetus. As Amnesty International executive deputy secretary general noted: “there is only one way to describe what we have seen in Nicaragua–sheer horror. Children are being compelled to bear children.”

How can any church support such laws and term themselves followers of Jesus Christ?

Ortega Threatens Nicaraguan Democracy

President Daniel Ortega, who once was an almost legendary figure in the fight to establish democracy in Nicaragua, has become the exact opposite now that he is in power. His recent actions to ban minority parties from participating in municipal elections or suspending elections and threatening those who express dissident views has made him a caricature of the man he once was in life. Legendary guerrilla heroine, Dora Maria Tellez, is currently in the 9th day of a hunger strike which is aimed at persuading Ortega to cease his dictatorial behavior or resign. Her hunger strike has provoked concerts, vigils, and an outpouring of support, even from the Nicaraguan American Chamber of Commerce(AMCHAM) which has urged Ortega to bring together all political parties and work to maintain the nation’s democracy.

There once was a film entitled, “Zapata” about the famous Mexican revolutionary hero. In the film, Zapata has finally obtained power when into his office walks a poor farmer protesting military actions. Zapata’s initial reaction is anger until he realizes he once was that man. He storms out of his office and decides to return to his roots. Perhaps, Ortega might view the film and reflect.