Salvadoran president urged to oppose proposed pro-abortion constitutional changes

By | September 16, 2021

The proposed change then adds “in turn, the right to life of both the unborn and the pregnant person (an ideological term used for mother) is recognized,” which is “unnecessary and redundant … since the current wording of the constitution already includes those rights.”
However, the proposed text “is contradictory because it adds that ‘in the event of a collision of rights, the law will establish what is pertinent.’ In other words, although the right to life of all born and unborn Salvadorans is protected in the Constitution, they want a secondary law, and even a regulation, to decide whether to kill the unborn baby.”
“This obviously opens the door to legalize abortion with pretexts such as the mental health of the mother or deformities of the baby, among others,” they stated.
The organizations’ petition also points out that the “supposed ‘collision of rights’ to life does not exist” since “when there is a high-risk pregnancy, currently the Criminal Code in Article 27, which regulates the exclusion of criminal responsibility, includes in nos. 3 and 6 of said article the principle of double effect, allowing doctors to intervene with the aim of saving the lives of both patients, as it should be and not choosing one life over the other. If one of the two dies, the doctor does not commit a crime.”
The organizations explain that the reform “opens the door to ideological colonization” since “Article 3 includes the prohibition of ‘non-discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression,’ giving constitutional recognition to dangerous ideological terms, which constitute a means to indoctrinate minors, despite the fact that these terms have no scientific basis.”
In addition, they noted that the reform “opens the door to euthanasia” because “in Article 65, an alleged right to a ‘previously consented dignified death’ is proposed, a term used worldwide to refer to euthanasia, even though its express name and identification is obviated.”

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