At the 2011 Meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the International Protect Life Commitee announced that Chile had received the International Protect Life Award. AUL’s William Saunders was a signer of the letter announcing the award that was delivered to the President of Chile. The letter can be found at the bottom of this post.
From the Committee’s news release:
Over 30 NGO leaders active at the United Nations praised Chile for having the lowest maternal mortality rate in all of Latin America. In a communication to President Piñera announcing the group’s decision to designate its International Protect Life Award to the people of Chile, the leaders celebrated that more Chilean women have safely delivered their babies than ever before.
The leaders also referenced the ways Chile through its constitution and other programs provided for care and protection of the child before birth. Specifically mentioned was that the “Chile Crece Contigo” (“Chile Grows with You”) program begun by former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet and meant to advocate for the well-being and protection of young children, has always included strong awareness that the unborn child is a member of the family.* Also mentioned by the NGO leaders was the new “Comprometidos por la Vida” (“Committed to Life”) program announced by President Piñera to offer assistance to pregnant women in difficult circumstances in order to carry their babies to term.