Columbian man unable to prevent abortion of his 8-month-old unborn child

By Dave Andrusko

A case that drew national attention in Columbia came to a tragic end when a father of an unborn child lost his bid for guardianship of his eight-month-old unborn child.

According to the Catholic News Service’s Spanish language news partner, ACI Prensa, Juan Pablo Medina “told Blu Radio Feb. 11 that he only found out [his girlfriend] had procured the abortion on Feb. 7, when he reviewed the case file for the criminal complaint he had filed.” 

Medina became a national figure when he went public on January 31. “Medina posted on Twitter that he was trying to save his son, whom he had named Juan Sebastián, or JuanSe for short. The hashtag #SalvemosaJuanSe (Let’s save JuanSe) was soon trending among Colombians on Twitter.  Medina was interviewed by Semana.com. on the same day, and the story became headline national news,” ACI Prensa reported.

Medina said that his girlfriend of 14 months, Angie Tatiana Palta “mutually agreed to have a baby together,” according to ACI Prensa.

Everything seemed to be going well, including the outcome of a December 6 ultrasound which revealed no fetal anomalies. But, Medina said,

the situation changed when Palta’s mother and family found out about the pregnancy on Dec. 27. Medina claims the family pressured Palta to have an abortion. He was then told that Palta was in the hospital, supposedly in critical condition, in great mental distress, and that the baby had deformities–grounds for abortion in Colombia. 

In a Jan. 31 interview with Semana.com, Medina said “that seemed strange to me because the last ultrasound on Dec. 6 showed the baby was in optimal condition, which makes you wonder.”  

Medina was told that Palta was requesting an abortion on the grounds of danger to her mental health. However, the hospital’s psychological evaluation “indicated she was not suffering psychological trauma but was confused,” Medina said.  

“After Palta was discharged from the hospital, Medina lost all contact with her for eight days, prompting him to take legal action to protect his unborn child,” according to the Catholic News Service. “Medina filed a criminal complaint alleging attempted homicide, and made an emergency appeal for guardianship of the child. He bought a crib and other necessities, anticipating the need to care for the baby as a single father.

In an interview with Semina.com, 

Medina said Palta was unwilling to talk and that he had lost all contact with her. Through contact with relatives, Medina said he learned that Palta intended to abort because she was “not ready to welcome the child, wants to finish her career and doesn’t have the financial means.”

Meanwhile, Palta went to a ProFamilia abortion clinic, which claimed that she was “in psychological distress and was having suicidal thoughts and so on,” Medina said.

As NRL News Today previous reported, in 2006 Columbia’s Constitutional Court legalized abortion in cases of rape, fetal deformities and when a doctor determines there is a risk to the life or health of the mother. 

In its February 23, 2020, story the Catholic News Service added

In a 2018 ruling, the court affirmed its 2006 decision, and declared abortion to be a “human right,” and asked the government to issue further regulations defining the legal circumstances for abortions to be performed. The Ministry of Health is currently working on developing those regulations.