World Health Organization attempt to push abortion on Ecuador as part of COVID-19 ‘crisis response plan’

The World Health Organization (WHO), the UN group in charge of advising countries on the COVID-19 pandemic, has provided a crisis response plan for Ecaudor that prioritises providing abortion in the country. 

The United Nation’s $46 million plan included just over $10 million allocated for aiding Ecuador’s health systems. 

Of that, $3 million is set aside to support sexual and reproductive health services, calling for the use of the UN’s “Minimum Initial Services Package” (MISP) to fulfill one of the plan’s main objectives, “safe and legal abortion”.

The MISP includes a variety of materials used for abortion, such as vacuumm extractors, tools for dilation and curettage, cranioclasts, and abortificients and is administered by the UNFPA – a historically pro-abortion branch of the United Nations. 

In response to a request from USAID to remove abortion from their coronavirus response plan, Stephane Dujarric, UN spokesman, stated: “Any suggestion that we are using the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to promote abortion is not correct… we do not seek to override any national laws.” 

However, in Ecuador abortion is illegal outside of extreme circumstances. In fact, in 2019 an attempt to legalize abortion in Ecuador on grounds of rape failed. 

According to Elyssa Koren, Director of United Nations Advocacy for ADF International, the WHO’s plans are not only untimely, but “an egregious violation of state sovereignty.” She goes on further to say “The abortion debate falls squarely within the country’s domestic jurisdiction – it is a matter for Ecuadorians to determine for Ecuador.”

Ecuador rejects abortion law which targets unborn babies with disabilities

Ecuador’s National Assembly has rejected an extreme bill which would have legalised abortion in cases where an unborn baby has a disability, such as cleft palate or lip.

On Tuesday, the proposal which discriminates against unborn babies with disabilities fell five votes short of the 70 required for its approval, with 59 assembly members voting against the bill and six refraining.

Had it been approved, the votes would have modified 45 articles of the nation’s penal code and created six provisions to allow abortion in cases where the baby is disabled and in cases where he or she was conceived through rape. 

Ecuador’s current abortion laws have been in place since 1938 and allows abortion under exceptional circumstances, such as there is a risk to the life of the pregnant woman and after the rape of a woman with a mental disability.

According to official data, the current law protects over 500 unborn babies per year from abortion because they were prenatally diagnosed as having a disability.

There were scenes of anger on the streets of Quito, as dozens of abortion activists clashed with police outside the assembly’s building after lawmakers voted in favour of protecting life.

The last time the country debated changing the abortion law in 2013, the assembly voted against it.

Right To Life UK spokesperson, Catherine Robinson, said:

“Ecuadorian lawmakers continue to recognise that life is precious. The reality is that every successful abortion means that a human life has been ended. By voting to protect life, the Ecuadorian Assembly has saved thousands of unborn babies, and potentially more, from having their lives prematurely ended each year.”

“Disabled babies should not be discriminated against through abortion as they are in Britain, where abortion is permitted up to birth if an unborn baby has a disability. Politicians in Ecuador are right to recognise that disabled babies’ lives are just as important and valuable as everybody else’s.”

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