You cannot ‘interrupt’ a pregnancy

Dr. Ginés Gonzales García, Argentina’s health minister, inadvertently admitted that abortion could be a universal genocide. He said: “there are not two lives, as some say … There is clearly a single person, and the other [thing] is a phenomenon. If it were not like that, we would be facing the greatest universal genocide, [because] more than half the civilized world allows it.” We are indeed facing the greatest universal genocide since the unborn child is not a phenomenon but a human being. Indeed, the sheer gall of suggesting an unborn child is simply a “phenomenon” is outrageous and a clear example of how those in favour of abortion try and rationalise away killing unborn children.

On Monday, the Argentine Chamber of Deputies, passed an abortion bill at the second attempt to legalize abortion in the country. This year 131 voted in favour and 117 against.

At this time, Argentina has more than 40,000 Covid deaths, more than 40 per cent of the population in poverty and/or unemployed. You would think that there are more important issues to be addressed.

However, despite all these problems and the ever-worsening economic recession, the government shows that its priorities lie elsewhere.

Some people assume that this abortion bill is different to previous ones since it includes a subsidy for the first one thousand days after conception. However, under this humanitarian guise, pro-abortion lobbies argue that this bill will benefit women that want to be mothers and those that do not.

A closer look at the law, available on the Chamber of Deputies’ official website, shows this to be untrue.

The first Article proposes that every woman, or any person that can have a child (to be respectful towards other gender identities), can freely exercise her right to decide if she wants to interrupt her pregnancy. Again, “interrupting” a pregnancy is certainly one way to avoid the reality of legalising the killing of unborn children.

This law guarantees that no pregnant woman will suffer any discrimination, as guaranteed by the constitution and the human rights treaties ratified by the Republic of Argentina. This of course, completely ignores that the child inside the womb is also a person and should have the same rights. This would suggest that the mother has no right to discriminate and decide if her son is a human or not.

Articles 8 through 10 explains that every woman has the right to access all information related to abortion methods. However, since article 6 states that the physician must show the patients all the risks involved in postponing an abortion, without considering all the risks that abortion entails over just continuing with pregnancy. This will lead to doctors and services unacceptably manipulating and tampering so that women may not choose life.

A doctor will be obligated to perform an abortion unless they object beforehand. However, there is no grounds for objection on matters of conscience, so even Christian medical institutions will have to provide abortions.

Every educational establishment, whether religious or non-religious, must include abortion in their curricula. The law will strip religious, educational establishments of their right to teach according to their foundational practices.

Wedged into the bill is a change to education; the state must guarantee sexual education programs at the national, provincial, and municipal level. These lessons are tainted with progressivism, that relativise sexual encounters. They want to reduce sex to a transactional basis – as every parent should know, this is not a healthy thing to teach children.

The bill also calls for a record of all abortions as well as all those who refuse to carry them out. The bill wishes to delineate doctors based on belief and religion. Doctors that have Christian principles will be in danger of being removed from their positions and might even be sent to prison in the future if they stand by their principles.

Later in the bill it declares that the sanitised term “interrupting pregnancy” and abortion are equal – anything to make people sleep better. Interruption implies restarting later, but you cannot pick up the foetus’ dead body and revive it. Abortion does not mean interrupting a pregnancy, it means forcibly ending it.

Abortion will no longer be a crime if performed before 14 weeks. If the pregnancy was caused by rape or if the health of the mother – this is really vaguely worded so much so, if the mother just ‘feels’ she is not well enough to have a child, she can have a late-term abortion – were in danger, abortion is not a crime regardless of the number of weeks. So, this law is more permissive than people realize. Going further, from now on, killing unborn children will not be a crime because the foetus is no longer a ‘person,’ even after the “14 week” limit.

This law seems benign at first sight. It allows abortion in some instances and gives subsidies to women who choose motherhood. However, looking closer, we find that this law is permissive, it strips away the institutional right to teach according to the principles of natural law, and it promotes abortion as a basic human right.

We should love and care for all women, including the unborn, with no exceptions.

This abortion bill is still to pass through the Senate, where the pro-life vote leads by a small margin. Argentina’s people are pro-life.  I hope that the protection of the rights of all, the born and unborn, is preserved.

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