The current abortion law of Portugal is challenged by a new amendment that could require women to receive psychological and social counseling before paying to end their pregnancy.
This amendment is a big step away from the 2007 ruling in Portugal that allowed women to receive state-funded abortions up to the 10th week of pregnancy. Prior to 2007, women who underwent abortions were imprisoned for as much as three years. Portugal went from one extreme to another.
The new law appears to offer a balance. Under the proposed law, women would pay approximately $55 for an abortion and receive counseling prior to their abortion. As Stephen Phelan from Human Life International, told Christian Headlines, the physical and emotional side effects of an abortion are not often emphasized to women. The counseling could prove effective in exposing women seeking abortions to warnings and answers before their final decisions.
The final presidential approval of the law is still pending. Yet, Portugal is still amongst the first countries in the European Union to propose to alter their abortion law.
Let’s join in prayer for Portugal as it pioneers changes to help a country and its prospective mothers expect a better future.
Article: Christian Headlines