Guatemala’s Congress is on the verge of passing a law to ban abortion, same-sex marriage and inclusive sex education. The bill 5272 “to protect family and life” directly threatens the rights of girls, women, and LGBTI people, their lives and their families.
The bill 5272 intends to harden penalties in cases of abortion and criminalise women even in situations of miscarriage, stillbirth and obstetric complications, with prison sentences for anyone who “promotes or facilitates access to abortion”. These provisions put at risk the health and lives of women and girls by denying them lifesaving healthcare, moving Guatemala backwards in terms of human rights.
The bill also reinforces historical discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people, by expressly prohibiting same-sex marriage. It would also prohibit schools from promoting “politics or programs related to sexual diversity and gender ideology, or to teach as normal sexual conducts that are different from heterosexuality.”
International pressure appears to have halted the bill for now, but the threat remains. It could be debated in Congress in the coming days.
Take action now to urge legislators to vote against the bill and instead work on a bill that moves forward the protection of human rights.