Wednesday, February 08, 2006

This I'm not sorry about this either, but for a different reason.

The Guatamalen government is pushing through a progressive family planning bill despite its severe opposition from both the Bishop and President. The Catholics vow to fight it.

I guess they don't want Guatemala, a country with the highest birth rate and high infant mortality and malnutrition in the region, to end up like the U.S.

The law was vetoed by President Oscar Berger, but congress decided to enact it unilaterally on Tuesday.

The new legislation requires the government to promote the use of contraceptives and provide sex education classes.
You see, I read something like this and I think, Great, they're trying to get women healthy, keep babies alive and curb their population growth since, you know, they're already a poor country who can't support what citizens they have now, much provide adequate health care.

But no, apparently they are attempting to promote a "culture of death":

The Archbishop of Guatemala City, Rodolfo Quezada Toruno, said the family planning bill would open the door to abortion by promoting what he called a "culture of death".
Oh my, not abortion! Because, you know, Guatemalen women have never heard of abortions or that they can take care of unwanted pregnancies with home remedies that have existed for centuries. (.pdf; begins on page 4)