Colombia’s Inspector General’s Office filed an application on Monday to annul the order for it to change its statements on abortion while accusing the court of violating due process.
Inspector General Alejandro Ordoñez stated that the Constitutional Court violated due process when it ordered him to rectify a statement which referred to sexual education campaigns as “mass campaigns to promote abortion as a right.”
Additionally, the court ordered Ordoñez, a strict defender of traditional catholic family values, to modify his Office’s official stance that the use of the morning-after pill constitutes abortion, which in Colombia is only allowed in cases that involve rape, danger to the mother’s life or that the child will be born with severe defects.
The Inspector General filed a motion against the orders stating that the court violated due process, and said “the court advanced a violation of due process that is manifested in various scenarios.”
Ordoñez rectified and retracted the controversial abortion claims last week but also claimed that the “debate is not over,” and asked for the High Court’s ruling to be revoked.
General Vice Prosecutor Marta Isabel Castañeda, who filed the document to the High Court, said that there were several arguments which prompted Ordoñez to file the motion for dismissal.
“This is an expression of social and public debate that is taking place and that to me seems beneficial for society and democracy,” said the Inspector General according to newspaper El Espectador.