NO to Anti-Family,
The President of El Salvador
affirmed that his country
would not sign the Ibero-American
Convention on the Rights of Youth (ICRY) as it violated El Salvador´s
The ICRY is backed by Spain´s socialist
president and has the support of the United
Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
Article 25 labels sexual and
reproductive health a "right" and calls for confidentiality with respect to
this right. Sexual and reproductive health is often used to promote abortion.
23 mandates a "right to sexual education" that includes "full acceptance" of the
youth´s "identity", a term another article defines as including sexual
Given that the ICRY encompasses minors within the scope of youth, this Convention undermines parental rights and the
The Constitution of El Salvador states that the family is the fundamental base of
society and entitled to protection by the State, language similar to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The ICRY is in effect in Costa Rica and 5 other countries.
El Salvador, Argentina,
Chile, and Colombia and have refused to sign the ICRY.
Guatemala, Mexico, Peru and Nicaragua have refused to ratify the ICRY.
The Canadian Catholic bishops' overseas aid agency is reportedly supporting
pro-abortion groups in Mexico. Development and Peace is said to have sent
$170,000 to five organisations which are lobbying for a liberalisation of
abortion law and for morning-after pills to be distributed. The agency concedes
it does not look at recipients' stance on life issues when considering
applications for funding; a spokesman said it had no policy in that area. [LifeSiteNews, 11