.- In a document released August 22 which sharply criticizes the anti-life policies of the World Health Organization, the Bishopsâ Conference of Guatemala denounced the existence of a veiled pro-abortion campaign that is being portrayed by the Ministry of Health as âpost-abortion care.â
âOur Constitution projects human life from the moment of conception,â the bishops note in their document, warning against the danger of the Ministry of Healthâs campaign promoting post-abortion care, and including the training of medical and paramedical personnel in the use of suction machines on women who are in a âpost-abortion situation.â
âThe move from post-abortion care to facilitating an abortion through the use of a suction machineâ would be the practical outcome, âeven though it would not be an official policy, as it would encourage the use of this method clandestinely in places away from health care facilities that donât have the minimum standards of hygiene, much less the necessary medical equipment to address complications that may arise,â the bishops said in their statement.
âIn addition,â they continued, âtrained personnel, if they are unscrupulous, could offer this service especially to teens, which would cause themselves great moral and physical harm.â
The bishops call on Guatemalan authorities âto study in depth the grave consequences that result from the application of the post-abortion care program. We agree that the best care possible should be given to women who have gone through such a situation, but not by suctioning the uterus in order to implant an intra-uterine device afterwards, as health officials are promoting.â
âWe urge therefore that the funds or resources earmarked for these activities be used for the promotion of ethical and moral values among young people,â the bishops continued, âas we are convinced that we must get to the root of the problem inviting young people to live their lives based on principles of chastity and abstinence and not on the promotion of irresponsible sexual conduct that goes hand in hand with the consumption of contraceptives.â
In addition, the bishops said they would insist that the Guatemalan constitution ânot be modified in its respect for the fundamental right to life of the unborn.
âWe urge authorities not to support anything that could harm, in any way, the physical integrity of Guatemalans, especially those who are the weakest, as is the case of the unborn, who cannot defend themselves at all or avoid the actions that are taken against their lives,â the bishops said in conclusion.