Guatemala City, Guatemala, Sep 5, 2018 / 15:36 pm America/Denver (CNA).
Thousands of people marched September 2 in defense of life and family in the capital of Guatemala, protesting legislation that would incorporate gender ideology and legal abortion into the country’s laws.
The “Great Guatemala National March for Life and the Family” was organized by the “Let's Transform Guatemala” (Transformemos Guate) citizens' movement to promote “full respect for the right to life and the express prohibition of abortion in any of its forms throughout the entire territory of the Republic of Guatemala.”
The organization also called for “maintaining in the law the original design of the family on the legal basis of marriage between one man and one woman to live together, have children, nourish and educate them and help one another.”
Sunday’s march was held in opposition to Bill 5376, which would legalize abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy for victims of rape. However, Let's Transform Guatemala warned that the legislation treats abortion as the ultimate answer, without providing “a real solution so that violence, sexual exploitation and human trafficking may be eradicated.”
Tens of thousands from across the country attended the march, including Catholic, Evangelical, and Jewish leaders. Representing the Catholic Church was Archbishop Raúl Martínez, apostolic administrator of Santiago de Guatemala.