The Washington Post said, when reporting on this same topic, that the measure is championed by the Evangelical Bloc in Congress:
" . . . An academic survey partially funded by the Ministry of Health estimates that more than 400,000 women had an abortion in Brazil in 2015.
The measure approved late Wednesday states that the protections for life in the constitution begin at conception. It’s championed by the Evangelical bloc in Congress."
Brazilian Congressional Committee Votes to Ban All Abortions
According to most of the subsequent articles available at this time, the negative feedback regarding protest of the vote so far, appears to be hinged on two sore spots:
The Committee’s position that abortion is wrong - even in cases of rape.
Abortion is wrong even when the mother’s life is in danger.
Our own Cardinal Marc Ouellet drew the ire of journalists and politicians back in 2010 when he reiterated the Catholic teaching that abortion is wrong even in cases of rape. National Catholic Register has a nice, brief , to-the-point article on that subject at this link : MESSAGE TO CARDINAL: Shut Up, They Explained .
The National Post is quoted in that article. They provide a clear summary of an inordinate trend in Canada (and much of the world today) ; an excerpt:
“For years now, this newspaper and other conservative outlets have been warning Canadians that the trend toward liberal dogmatism among much of Canada’s political class—buttressed by an out-of-control human-rights constabulary—is serving to muzzle religious Christians who are doing nothing else than giving voice to their cherished beliefs. The appalling reaction to Cardinal Ouellet’s speech demonstrates how serious the problem has become.”
Following the media outcry and blitz against Cardinal Ouellet, one voice spoke up to thank Cardinal Ouellet - a single voice which counts more than all the negative voices combined ; the voice of a woman who was conceived in rape. An excerpt and link follow:
“I am extremely grateful to and proud of Cardinal Ouellet for speaking up to defend the lives of those of us conceived in rape,” says Deborah Morlani, a wife, mother of five children, pro-life speaker, Catholic writer, registered nurse and grad student working on her Master of Theology degree.
. . . Morlani has responded to the backlash against the cardinal, relating how she was conceived when her mother was 16 years old and was sexually assaulted while on a date, and how grateful she is that her mother chose life.
Woman Conceived in Rape Thanks Quebec Cardinal for Abortion Statements