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Thursday April 28, 2011

Catholic Church in Colombia Continues to Garner Support for Right to Life Legislation

Catholic Church in Colombia Continues to Garner Support for Right to Life Legislation

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The Catholic Church has extended until the first week of June, the deadline for collecting signatures throughout Colombia, in support of the request of some senators who wish to present to the House and Congress a legislative act for the right to life, in order to complete Article 11 of the Political Constitution.

This initiative is sustained by many political parties and religious denominations, led by the laity and Catholic politicians, as well as evangelical Christians, to complete Article 11 of the Constitution which reads: “The life of every Colombian is inviolable, no death penalty”, the proposal is for it to be modified as follows: “The life of all Colombians is inviolable from conception to natural death, no death penaltyā€¯.

According to the note sent by the Episcopal Conference to Fides, the senators and other representatives who promote this initiative, participated in February in the Plenary Assembly of Bishops, in order to expose to the prelates the legislative proposal. The proposal will be presented in the legislature that begins on July 20, and not in the current one which ends June 20 in order to take the time to share ideas and allow the four necessary steps (two in the House and two in the Senate) to the proposal.