A leading health authority in Argentina accidentally made a strong statement about the atrocity of abortion this week while defending a bill that would legalize the killing of unborn babies across the South American country.
Church Militant reports Dr. Ginés González García, the minister of health for Argentina, said abortions would be the “greatest universal genocide” in the world if there were two lives involved – something he denied.
“Here there are not two lives as [pro-lifers] say,” he told lawmakers Tuesday. “Here it is clearly just one life and the other is a phenomenon … it is one person and the other is a phenomenon … I repeat, that it seems to me that [the language] is not used properly … if it were not, we would be witnessing the greatest universal genocide.”
García made the inaccurate statement to the Committee on General and Criminal Legislation, Women, Diversity, Social Action and Public Health about a bill to legalize abortions for any reason up to 14 weeks of pregnancy and later in certain circumstances, according to the report.
Garcia is a surgeon and former minister of health under President Cristina Kirchner, so he should know basic biological facts about human life and pregnancy. A unique, living human being comes into existence at conception, and every abortion involves two lives, not just one. Even many abortionists admit that life begins at conception and they are killing human beings.
Pro-life advocate Mariana Rodríguez Varela told Church Militant that the health minister accidentally told the truth about abortion being “genocide.”
“[He] affirmed what we have been saying for the longest time — that abortion is the worst genocide in history. In attempting to mock us, he said the truth,” Varela said. “We affirm that what is at stake is a child, and they know that it means murdering a person.”
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Congressman Francisco Sánchez also criticized the health minister for abandoning reason to achieve his goal of legalizing abortions. According to the report, he said García had “denied the existence of human life from the moment of conception, which is to say he denied scientific evidence and the international treaties to which Argentina adheres,” the report states.
“This statement is not only erroneous and inhumane, it has the clear intention of denying the existence of life to justify its subsequent elimination through the legalization of abortion, even up to the ninth month of pregnancy,” Sánchez wrote in a letter responding to the comments.
Argentina protects unborn babies from being killed in abortions in almost all circumstances. Exceptions are allowed in cases of rape or threats to the mother’s life. Most countries in Central and South America protect unborn babies from abortion.
For years, abortion advocacy groups, backed by some of the richest men in the world, have been putting intense pressure on Argentina and other countries to legalize abortion on demand.
In November, President Alberto Fernandez introduced a pro-abortion bill to congress. Lawmakers began debating it this week.
However, support for unborn babies remains strong. Pope Francis, previously the archbishop of Buenos Aires, has been writing letters of encouragement to pro-lifers throughout the country. Last week, he wrote an open letter to pro-life women leaders who have been fighting for years to preserve protections for unborn babies in their homeland.
“Is it fair to eliminate a human life to solve a problem? Is it fair to hire a hitman to solve a problem?” the pope wrote, adding that the pro-life women “know what life is.”
Wide-spread public opposition stopped a similar bill from passing in 2018, and pro-life advocates hope to do so again. In 2019, approximately 2 million Argentines participated in the country’s March for Life in Buenos Aires. Thousands more protested in March after Fernandez first announced his plans to legalize abortion on demand.