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Abortion and the Presidential Election in Brazil

Increasingly, being pro-abortion is a political problem. In the United States, facing a tough election year, even some self-proclaimed “abortion rights” supporters now claim that they favor restrictions on government funding of abortion, such as the Hyde Amendment. Significantly, in Brazil, presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff has signed a pledge that she will not initiate a liberalization of the abortion laws.

Rousseff has in the past supported expanding abortion, which is illegal in most cases in Brazil. Why would she now sign a statement claiming to be “personally against abortion” and promising not to “take the initiative to propose alterations of points that have to do with abortion legislation…”?

Simple, Rousseff faces a run-off election on October 31. Her failure to win an outright majority in the first round of voting on October 3 is attributed to her liberal positions on abortion and other social issues. Recent polls demonstrate that over 70% of Brazilians oppose any changes to the existing abortion laws.

Of course, voters should always be cautious when a politician’s promise at election time does not align with her past statements and actions. Pro-life voters in Brazil should note that Rousseff was careful only to promise not to initiate changes to the abortion laws. She did not promise to oppose pro-abortion measures.

Whether or not Rousseff’s signed statement is enough to win Brazil’s presidential election this weekend, the real take-away is that there is a growing global movement against pro-abortion politics. Citizens of the world are tired of politicians and their appointees denying human beings their most basic human right – the right to life.