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Paraguay House of Representatives holds moment of silence for ‘tragedy’ of legalized abortion in Argentina

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Upon news that Argentina has officially legalized abortion, their neighbor in South America has responded. Paraguay’s House of Representatives denounced the legalization as a “tragedy,” and reaffirmed its pro-life stance.

The House began by holding a moment of silence, at the request of Congressman Raúl Latorre. The video, along with Latorre’s statement, was released by the press office of the Paraguayan Congress. “I ask for a minute of silence for the thousands of lives of Argentinian brothers and sisters who are going to be lost, even before they are born, based on the recent decision made by the Senate of the neighboring country,” Latorre said, while most of the members present stood solemnly and quietly.

In a follow-up tweet, Latorre quoted Pope Francis, who is from Argentina, saying, “Every discarded person is a child of God.” Pope Francis had specifically condemned the abortion bill, and has in the past compared abortion to “hiring a hitman” to kill innocent people.

After the moment of silence, Basilio Núñez, a congressman and a physician, said the Argentinian vote was a “tragedy” and reaffirmed the House of Representative’s pro-life and pro-family stance. Paraguay is a strictly pro-life country, allowing abortion only when the mother’s life is in danger. In actuality, however, deliberately killing a child in the womb is never medically necessary. Abortionists caught committing abortions risk 15 to 30 months in prison, with that punishment increasing to a possible five years if the woman didn’t consent to the abortion. If the woman dies and she didn’t consent, the abortionist faces 10 years in prison.

Argentina was previously a pro-life country as well, with similar laws against abortion until Argentina President Alberto Fernández introduced a bill to legalize abortion, with pressure to pass it before the end of 2020. Though thousands of pro-life Argentinians marched in protest, Congress still voted to approve abortion through 14 weeks of pregnancy. By 14 weeks of pregnancy, the preborn baby is remarkably well-formed, and according to the latest research, is able to feel pain.

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