In a critical and highly publicized ruling, Bolivia's Constitutional Court bucked the recommendations of two United Nations committees to decriminalize abortion -- by contending there is an "international customary norm on abortion" -- and, instead handed down a surprise ruling which continues to protect the unborn, the Breaking Christian News website reports today (February 22, 2014).
According to a Life News report, the court's arguments for protecting life were "original," asserting "ancient indigenous cosmic beliefs that life is in constant perpetuity, without beginning or end; therefore, everything that is life or 'could potentially generate life' is protected by the Bolivian constitution."
In other words, it notes, abortion-on-demand must never be permitted and is a crime during the later stages of pregnancy.
The report also noted that the Bolivian justices "followed the lead of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in determining when life begins. In a ruling about the legal status of embryos, the Costa Rica-based court decided that human life does not begin at conception, when an embryo is formed, but when the embryo is implanted in the uterus."