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.

Abortion giant provided prostitutes for its staff – funded by the British taxpayer

International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), one of the world’s largest abortion providers, oversaw the hiring of prostitutes for staff, donors and guests attending official functions, according to allegations reported in the Daily Mail.

Lucien Kouakou, the Africa regional director who was dismissed over the allegations, has made claimed that IPPF offered sexual ‘gifts’ to guests at African events for several years.

In an email sent to an official at the IPPF’s London headquarters responding to the threat of dismissal, Mr Kouakou said that under a previous regime ‘there was promoting of prostitution within the organisation, where prostitutes would be organised for IPPF staff, donors and partners during functions’.

He repeated the charges in Kenyan court documents filed in February, which say that under a previous leadership ‘the region solicited the services of prostitutes for guests during official functions of the organisation’.

The court documents add: ‘Young volunteers within the region were being offered to invitee guests during African gatherings and functions for sex or sexual pleasure.’

Despite the fact that this scandal has been going on for months, the Department for International Development (DfID) continues to use British taxpayer money to fund the abortion provider overseas.

In January of this year, DfID gave IPPF £132 million in funding for a two-year programme. In April, Penny Modaunt MP, as International Development Secretary, pledged a further £42 million to IPPF (alongside Marie Stopes International) to look at the “neglected issue” of safe abortion in developing countries.

Right to Life spokesperson Clare McCarthy said:

“After the scandal with Oxfam, the public were strongly assured that UK aid money would not go to any organisation that did not meet the ‘high standards’ of safeguarding and protection required. However, it seems an exception has been made for this giant abortion provider, allowing UK aid money to be pumped into funding abortions, whatever the cost and with little scrutiny.”

“The Department for International Development are apparently so committed to promoting abortion overseas using taxpayer money, that they are willing to continue funding an organisation mired in sexual scandal.”