Amendment Against Abortion in Honduras

“The unborn shall be considered as born for all rights accorded within the limits established by law. It is prohibited and illegal for the mother or a third party to practice any form of interruption of life on the unborn, whose life must be respected from conception.”

Abortion for any reason has been illegal in Honduras, but on January 28th, the Honduran National Congress voted to keep abortion illegal in Honduras. The amendment to their constitution is considered a “shield against abortion.” Before this new amendment, the law against abortion could be changed by a 2/3 majority vote. A 3/4 majority is now required. This amendment was put forth as a result of Argentina’s vote in December to legalize abortion.

While we should as Christians sympathize with the difficulty that unwed mothers face, we realize that abortion, the killing of unborn life, is not the answer. And so we rejoice that Honduras has taken this stand for unborn babies. We are happy that they value the unborn’s life as equal to the already born, but we also know that there is a life yet more valuable–eternal life. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

There are still many Hondurans who do not have a hold of eternal life. Voting to keep abortion illegal does not save people from their sins, nor does voting to legalize abortion condemn people to hell. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Those who are for and those who are against abortion have one thing in common: apart from God’s saving grace, we are all sinners on our way to hell. Like everyone else in the world, Hondurans need to know and receive the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Once again, we are glad that Honduras values the unborn baby’s life, but we pray that they will also value their eternal lives.

Author: Andrew Garcia

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Tracy Paver is a missionary to Chile working alongside veteran church-planting missionaries Jason and Lori Holt.

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