Quito, Ecuador, Sep 28, 2020 / 16:19 pm America/Denver (CNA).
The Ecuadorian president on Friday vetoed the entire Health Code bill passed by the country’s legislature. The bill would have opened the door to abortion, surrogate motherhood, and teaching gender ideology to minors.
Lenin Moreno vetoed the bill Sept. 25 because it contained many technical inaccuracies in health matters, according to the presidency’s legal secretary, Johana Pesántez.
The health code contained a "punitive approach that, far from guaranteeing the right to health, can become an obstacle to flexible and timely care by doctors and other healthcare personnel," Pesántez said, El Universo reported.
Moreno had the options of vetoing the bill in its entirety or partially, or signing it.
The National Assembly, Ecuador’s unicameral legislature, had passed the Health Code Aug. 26 and set a deadline of Sept. 26 for Moreno to sign or veto the bill.