Nicaraguans: No abortion, no how

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Even the most fervent opponents of abortion usually make exceptions in a few messy instances — when a pregancy is the result of rape or incest, for instance, or when it poses a threat to a woman’s life. But according to NICARAGUA NETWORK HOTLINE, an alliance of Catholic and Evangelical groups in Nicaragua is asking the country’s National Assembly to close one of those sloppy loopholes by rejecting a proposed law that would allow abortion if a woman’s life is in danger.

The group maintains that modern medicine has taken all the danger out of childbearing. A spokeswoman dismisses the notion that a pregnancy could endanger a woman’s life as “the stuff of soap opera.” The religious alliance says the law shouldn’t recognize the concept of therapeutic abortion, which it describes as “no longer medically relevant.”

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