Brazilian President Luiz Lula Defends Abortion, Gay Unions
By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
BRASILIA, September 18, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Brazilian President Luiz Lula used pro-abortion rhetoric and supported homosexual unions in an interview given to TV Brasil yesterday.
Echoing the claims of many pro-abortion politicians in the United States, Lula stated that he is against abortion, but that topic should be treated as a "public health" issue.
"For 26 years I have had a position, which is to treat abortion as an issue of public health. Many people die from clandestine abortions, because the government is prohibited from carrying them out," he said.
"If you ask me, President Lula, if I'm against abortion, I'm against abortion, my wife is against abortion, but I believe that a woman who has an abortion never does it because she wants to or for pleasure, but because she is constrained by a situation and it is at that time that the government should attend to those people."
Lula's Health Minister, Jose Gomes Temporao, has consistently fought to expand access to surgical abortion in Brazil, as well as abortifacient drugs. He recently testified before the nation's Supreme Court in favor of abortions for anencephalic babies, who are born without most of their upper brain, although they exhibit signs of consciousness.
Regarding civil unions for homosexuals, Lula stated openly that he has "defended the right to civil unions for my whole life. I believe that we have to cease with the hypocrisy, because we all know that it exists. There are men living together, women living together, and often they live extraordinarily well."
Asked about homosexual adoption and benefits for homosexual partners, Lula approvingly noted that various city and state governments in Brazil have already approved such measures. He also highlighted his recent appearance at the National Conference of Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, Transvestites and Transsexuals, where he stated that "homophobia" is "the most perverse disease impregnated in the human head."
"Why don't politicians who are against (homosexual adoption and partner benefits) refuse their (the homosexuals') votes?" asked Lula. "Why doesn't the Brazilian government refuse to receive the taxes that they pay?"
"Look, we need to treat the life that each person has within his own home without any discrimination," he added.
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