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Abortion Planned Parenthood giant blocked by Guatemala’s president

The president of Guatemala has taken action to block US abortion provider Planned Parenthood from interfering with the country’s laws, which protect unborn babies.  

The now-former interior minister, Oliverio García Rodas, had previously given authorisation for Planned Parenthood Global Guatemala LLC to operate within the pro-life country. 

However, President Alejandro Giammetti, a former doctor, declared on Twitter he would repeal the approval. Following the president’s decision, García Rodas resigned on 2 November.

A commitment to protect the most innocent and vulnerable

In a tweet to his followers, the President said: “I recognize life from its conception and therefore in my government I will not tolerate any movement that violates what is provided in our Political Constitution of the Republic, that goes against the values with which I was raised and that conflicts with my principles as doctor.”

He added: “I AM A FAITHFUL DEFENDER OF LIFE and I am emphatic in stating that I will not endorse in my Government the creation, registration or start-up of any organization that goes against life.”

A source from the Presidency confirmed to Guatemalan newspaper Prensa Libra that Giammattei was referring to Planned Parenthood Global, the international arm of US abortion giant Planned Parenthood, in his tweets and that he will seek to stop the administrative process which would allow the branch to open.

His vice president, Guillermo Castillo, also confirmed to Prensa Libre his support for the President’s position.

He said: “Article 3 of the Political Constitution of the Republic protects the most fundamental of human rights: life. I will always honor the defense of our Constitution, the laws and the commitment to protect the most innocent and vulnerable.”

Activists target pro-life Guatemala

Guatemala is a pro-life country and only allows abortion to save a woman’s life.

However, activists and international abortion organisations have been targeting the Central American country, among others, with increasing vigour.

An attempt by Dutch non-profit Women on Waves to provide Guatemalan women with illegal abortions was thwarted by the country’s military in 2017.

The abortion activists were planning on taking Guatemalan women into international waters to take potentially dangerous medical abortion pills, but they were quickly taken into custody.

According to reports, one Guatemalan woman called out to the crew: “Why don’t you go to the Netherlands to kill children?”.

One year after this incident, over 20,000 Guatemalan’s joined a pro-life demonstration in response to a failed attempt to overturn some of the country’s pro-life laws.  

Activists targeting Africa as well as Central and South America

US-based Planned Parenthood Global, which was responsible for performing 345,672 abortions in 2019, may have been temporarily blocked from pushing abortion in Guatemala, but it continues to push abortion around the world.

Its sister-organisation the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), which is UK-based but employs over 38,000 people around the world, was involved with 1,389,954 abortion procedures last year.

Despite losing $100 million from the US Government for performing abortions overseas, IPPF is behind recent attempts to push extreme abortion legislation on Malawi and Kenya.

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Dear reader

In 2020, the UK Government imposed an extreme abortion regime on Northern Ireland, which included a provision that legalised abortion right up to birth for disabilties including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot.

A new Bill has been launched at the Northern Ireland assembly that will remove the current provision that allows abortion for ‘severe fetal impairment’.

It is under these grounds in the regulations that babies with disabilities including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot can currently be singled out for abortion in Northern Ireland because of their disability and can be aborted right up to birth.

Before the new abortion regime was imposed on Northern Ireland in 2020, disability-selective abortion for conditions such as Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot was not legal and there was a culture of welcoming and supporting people with these disabilities rather than eliminating them.

This is reflected directly in the latest figures (2016) from the Department of Health in Northern Ireland, which show that while there were 52 children born with Down’s syndrome in Northern Ireland, in the same year only 1 child from Northern Ireland with Down’s syndrome was aborted in England and Wales. 

This contrasts with the situation in the rest of the United Kingdom where disability-selective abortion has been legal since 1967.

The latest available figures show that 90% of children diagnosed with Down’s syndrome before birth are aborted in England and Wales.

We are, therefore, asking people like you to take 30 seconds of your time and add your support to the campaign to stop abortion up to birth for disabilities including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot in Northern Ireland.

If you live in Northern Ireland: 
Ask your MLAs to vote to stop abortion up to birth for disabilities including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot:

If you live outside Northern Ireland: 
Show your support by signing this petition in support of the Bill:

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