The United Nation's Protect Life Committee has selected the Republic of Chile as this year's recipient of the Protect Life Award.
The committee, which is comprised of the Alliance Defense Fund and 30 other non-government organizations, cited Chile's maternal mortality rate - the lowest in Latin America - and its constitutional protection for the unborn as reasons bestowing the honor.
The Latin American nation also offers programs to help pregnant women in need.
"Every innocent life deserves to be protected, and every pregnant mother should receive the help she needs to care for that life," ADF Senior Legal Counsel Piero Tozzi said at the 2011 Meeting of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York City.
"We couldn't be more pleased to present this honor to the people of Chile for their painstaking and diligent efforts to help pregnant women and protect their preborn children," he continued.
"Those efforts are based on constitutional protections that serve as a model to the rest of the world," Tozzi said. Chile's Supreme Court has defined life as beginning at conception.
Tozzi told CBN News it's notable that Chile works to improve the health of pregnant mothers and their unborn babies.
"This shows that one can protect both the right to life of the mother and the unborn child if one is dedicated to that principle," he said.