On September 4, 2018, those in favor of broadening access to abortion were forced to accept the withdrawal of this article from a bill supported by a left-wing party. This bill sought to legalize abortion for minors who are victims of rape during the first twelve weeks of their pregnancy.
Paula Barrios, a feminist member of the organization “Women Who Transform the World”, explained to the AFP that the goal of this compromise was to save the rest of the text: “We prefer to prioritize assistance for little girls and teenagers who are victims of rape,” she declared. Indeed, for the time being, Guatemalan law only allows abortion if the pregnancy presents a risk for the mother’s life.
This backpedaling came two days after a large protest on September 2, in which 20,000 people marched through the streets chanting the slogan “Guatemala for life and the family”. Another parallel bill hopes to restrict access to abortion, make the penalties more severe, and prohibit sexual education that constantly undermines good morals.
In this text, abortion is defined as the natural or provoked death of the embryo or fetus and penalties of up to four years in prison are prescribed for willful abortion.
The defenders of “women’s rights” are furious, but since when does a mother have the right of life or death over the child she carries? Even in the case of a rape, which is a tragedy and an evil that certainly should be condemned – rape is a crime justly punished by courts – there is no justification for abortion, for two wrongs do not make a right, especially when the second wrong is the murder of an innocent. There are solutions for unborn children even if they are not desired.
Would to Heaven that the decadent western world might follow the example of Guatemala and return to the path of the Gospel, of respect for the natural law and God’s commandments. Unfortunately, it seems to be headed in a very different direction. On September 18, 2018, the Irish President Michael Higgins promulgated the constitutional law legalizing abortion in Ireland…