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Bukele rules out abortion, equal marriage and dignified death in reforms to the Constitution

2021-09-17T20:43:13.753Z

President Nayib Bukele ruled out that the draft amendments to the Constitution that he will deliver to the Legislative Assembly include changes to the articles that regulate marriage, abortion and a dignified death. | Latin America | CNN



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President Nayib Bukele ruled out that the draft amendments to the Constitution that he will deliver to the Legislative Assembly include changes to the articles that regulate marriage, abortion and a dignified death.

In a Facebook post on Friday, Bukele said the opposition has "spread rumors and a dirty campaign" aimed at his government allowing abortion, equal marriage and euthanasia.

"I have decided, so that there is no doubt, not to propose any type of reform to any article that has to do with the right to life (from the moment of conception), with marriage (keeping only the original design, a man and a woman) or with euthanasia, "the president wrote in his publication.

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Bukele received last Friday, from the hands of his vice president Félix Ulloa, a proposal for reforms to the Constitution that delegated to the Legislative Assembly to issue legislation on these issues.

Some organizations pointed out that this wording left the possibility for change open.

The current Constitution recognizes in its article 33 the union only between a "man and a woman".

The proposed amendments deleted that phrase.

Hence, some sectors indicated that the Assembly would recognize same-sex marriage.

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The abortion

The Penal Code, between articles 133 to 139, prohibits all types of abortion.

This has led organizations such as Amnesty International to point out that El Salvador has one of the most restrictive laws punishing women and medical personnel who perform abortions with jail.

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The proposed changes to the Constitution proposed to reform Article 1 that recognizes the human person as the origin and end of the activity of the State.

However, he added that the right to life of both the unborn and the pregnant woman is recognized.

In case of collision of rights, it contemplated, the Law will establish the pertinent.

Feminist organizations regretted the president's position.

"He is taking a conservative attitude," Morena Herrera, president of the Citizen Group for the Decriminalization of Abortion, told CNN.

Herrera says that they will insist on the need to reform the law and allow abortion on four grounds: when the woman's life is at risk, when the pregnancy is the result of rape or human trafficking and when there is malformation in the fetus.

"The State has the responsibility to ensure the health of women. Abortion must be regulated not only from the criminal sphere but also from health," said the feminist.

A dignified death

The reform project handed over to President Bukele, although it did not speak directly about euthanasia, included the creation of new rights, including the right to a dignified death, previously consented, once the scientific and natural means for treating a woman were exhausted. disease.

"Orthothanasia designates the correct action in the face of death by those who care for those suffering from an incurable or terminal illness. It is the action of physicians to guarantee the patient's right to die with dignity. Very different from euthanasia", Felix Ulloa wrote on his Twitter on August 21 to defend the proposal.

Ulloa headed the commission that drew up the reforms.

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Some sectors, such as Fundación Vida, claimed that the wording was "ambiguous" and that it left the space for euthanasia open.

Last revision

The change proposal is in the review stage by President Bukele, who must deliver it to the Legislative Assembly for its study and approval.

The document also contemplates the extension of the term of the president from 5 to 6 years, the elimination of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice and the creation of a Constitutional Court, as well as the implementation of the plebiscite and the revocation of the mandate, among other changes.

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For the changes to take effect, they must be approved with at least 43 out of 84 votes by the current Assembly and ratified, at least, with 56 out of 84 votes in the next legislature.

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Source: cnnespanol

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