El Salvador is standing strong against mounting pressure from world powers to legalize the killing of unborn babies in abortions.
On Wednesday, the El Salvadoran Congress voted to reject a petition from pro-abortion groups that would have legalized abortions on unborn babies conceived as a result of sexual violence and unborn babies with severe deformities, according to AFP.
The vote means the country will maintain its laws that protect unborn babies’ right to life and ban all abortions.
“We have legislated in favor of protecting life from its conception,” said Congresswoman Rebeca Santos, of the New Ideas party, according to the report.
However, pro-abortion lawmakers slammed their peers for rejecting women’s “right” to abortion, AFP noted.
El Salvador recognizes unborn babies’ right to life in its constitution, stating “as a human person every human being from the moment of conception” in Article 1.
Citizens and pro-life groups across the country also are fighting against the pressure to deny unborn babies their right to life. According to the Catholic News Agency:
A coalition of 75 pro-life and pro-family organizations had on Sept. 13 asked [President Nayib] Bukele to reject such proposed reforms. And more than 26,000 people signed an online petition launched by CitizenGO which warned of the dangers in the proposed reform.
Days later, Catholic leaders thanked Bukele for promising not to support abortion or euthanasia in the constitutional reforms that his administration is working on, the report states.
Pro-abortion groups, funded by some of the richest men in the world, are putting pressure on countries across Latin America and Africa to legalize the killing of unborn babies in abortions. Several years ago, documents leaked from U.S. billionaire George Soros’s Open Society Foundations showed a multi-year plan to pressure pro-life countries to legalize abortions.
Argentina fell to the pressure in late 2020, voting to legalize abortion for any reason up to 14 weeks and later in a wide variety of circumstances. Less than four months later, a young woman died along with her unborn baby in a legal abortion.
Then in September, the Mexico Supreme Court dealt a blow to the rights of unborn babies when it ruled that a state law that includes criminal penalties for abortion is unconstitutional.
Approximately 42.6 million unborn babies were killed in abortions across the world in 2020, according to Worldometer.