Bukele blocks abortion, marriage between people of the same sex and euthanasia in constitutional reforms

There was no surprise in El Salvador and everything will continue the same on social rights. The president of this Central American country, Nayib Bukele, has

Bukele blocks abortion, marriage between people of the same sex and euthanasia in constitutional reforms

There was no surprise in El Salvador and everything will continue the same on social rights. The president of this Central American country, Nayib Bukele, has closed the door to introduce therapeutic abortion, marriage between people of the same sex and euthanasia in the package of constitutional reforms he received this Friday from his vice president Felix Ulloa and that they must Be approved by the Legislative Assembly, dominated by your party, new ideas. As usual, Bukele resorted to social networks, on this occasion to Facebook, to deny the "rumors" that the opposition has been in charge of spreading "through a" dirty campaign "in the sense that" intention "The government was to approve abortion, marriage between people of the same sex and euthanasia.

"Nothing further from reality", has sentenced the Salvadoran President, who has accused opposition to having "fear" to a constitutional reform that "disassembles the system of privileges that they have always enjoyed". Bukele has not changed an apex the position of him with respect to the aforementioned rights and, in this sense, he has pointed out that "you have known me for years and know that she would not propose any of those things, for more international pressures you have."

In addition, he has assured that, although he did not participate in the creation of this constitutional reform project, "Now that it is already in my hands, I have to review it, consult it and modify it before sending it to the deputies for their study." Thus, he wanted to make clear that he has decided "so that there is no doubt, he will not propose any kind of reform to any article that has to do with the right to life (from the moment of conception), with marriage (maintaining Only the original design: a man and a woman) or with euthanasia ".

Bukele has regretted that "some good people fell prey to deceit" and said that, "While the constitutional reform proposal does not include and does not even mention these issues, it could lead to interpretations in the future and open the door for its Adoption ", something that has blurred.

So that he does not have doubts about his religious conviction that guides his ideology, Salvadoran President has concluded that the Constitution must maintain "always our principles and our faith in God, as the force that guides all our actions," so that, at its Judgment, El Salvador "can only progress if he allows it."

In this way, Bukele has given the pressures of the Episcopal Conference of El Salvador who opposed the changes in the Constitution proposed by a group of jurists led by the Vice President of the Government. "As Christians, we are absolutely in favor of life, from its conception to its natural death," said the Episcopal Conference in a statement, in which he also stressed that "a constitutional reform that, with an equivocal language can be accepted. Calling him worthy death, legalize euthanasia. The murder will never be legal. "

Among the modifications that supposed a 180 degree turn in the conservative policies of this country, was the fact that there was no talk of "man and woman" in marriage, but of "spouses", what opened the door to That people of the same sex could get married. In this aspect, the Episcopal Conference influenced that "the foundation of the family is marriage thanks to the natural complementarity between man and woman."

Another reform that was intended to introduce referring to the "right to life of both the not born and the pregnant", which meant de facto introduce the possibility of therapeutic abortion when the life of the mother is in danger. Since 1998, abortion is prohibited in all assumptions, including rape or if there is a risk to the life or health of the mother, under prison sentence of six to eight years, which rise between 30 and 40 years by A crime of aggravated homicide in case it is an extra-hospital delivery occurred when pregnancy exceeds 20 weeks and even if accidental.

In recent years, Salvadoran justice has expose to some of 17 women who still remained in prison after being condemned with up to 35 years of imprisonment. The last of them in being released was Sara Rogel on June 7, when the Second Penitentiary Surveillance Court of Conduitary granted her anticipated probation, after being condemned in 2013 to 30 years in prison under the accusation of aggravated homicide. The 'crime of her' of her why she spent almost a decade in jail was to suffer in 2012, when she was 18, a fall in the laundry of her house that caused the accidental loss of the baby of she.

These releases, which have benefited more than 40 women deprived of freedom after losing their babies into an extra-high birth, have been possible thanks to the work of the citizen group by the decriminalization of abortion created more than a decade ago with a team of lawyers That they were responsible for investigating how many women were condemned after suffering an obstetric emergency. After reviewing the files of the sentencing courts, they discovered that there were 147 cases of women processed in El Salvador, a figure that has been increasing in recent years because there are still denunciations.

For its part, Bukele did accepted another package of reforms to the Constitution of 1983, which highlights to expand the presidential mandate from five to six years from 2027 and establish the possibility of revoking the president in a referendum to the third year of the mandate. Meanwhile, the proposal that must be supported by the Legislative Assembly, establishes that there will be no immediate presidential re-election and suggests that Bukele could not postulate in the general elections of 2024, as reports the AP news agency.

If approved, it would be involved by land the resolution of the Chamber of the Constitution of the Supreme Court of Justice of El Salvador who gave light green on September 3 so that Bukele can be re-elected for a second period of five years in the Upcoming elections Specifically, the Chamber opened the possibility for "that a person who exercises the Presidency of the Republic and has not been president in the previous immediate period participates in the electoral contest for a second time".

The Salvadoran President received the package of more than 200 constitutional reforms days after thousands of people manifest this Wednesday in the streets of San Salvador to denounce the "dictatorship" in which, in his opinion, the Bukele government has become . As examples, they cited the imposition of Bitcoin as a legal course currency, duplicate the number of military to combat gangs, dismiss on May 1 to the magistrates of the Chamber of the Constitution of the Supreme Court of Justice and the holder of The Attorney General and Jubilee a third of the 690 Judges of El Salvador and tens of prosecutors over 60 years of age or who accumulated more than 30 years of service.

Far from taking over the criticisms of the population, Salvadoran President arretch against the international community he accused of "financing a perverse opposition that does not mind hitting children and elders" and that, in addition, "vandalized not only monuments, but public ownership ", in reference to the burning of one of 200 Bitcoin ATMs that the Government has installed in the country with the entry into force of this currency since September 7. Before the same diplomatic body, Bukele censured the thousands of people who went to the streets to "fight against a dictatorship that does not exist."

Updated Date: 21 September 2021, 03:51

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