Nicaragua's Dangerous Anti-Abortion Law
Nicaragua is a classic example of why the church and state should be separate. The Roman Catholic church has been successful in persuading to ban abortion. Incuding, when the woman's life in at stake.
Aside from the blow to women who become pregnant after rape or incest, the law is viewed as risking the lives of the some 400 women who suffer dangerous ectopic pregnancies in Nicaragua each year.
The law's timing was seen as central to its success, as left-wing lawmakers reluctantly supported it to help Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega get the Church's backing to sweep back to power.
Endangering women is not pro-life. It's about a church wanting to force the religious views on others. Pure and simple.