Guatemala congress shelves abortion law passed previous week

Guatemala’s Congress has voted to shelve a controversial law stiffening penalties for abortion, prohibiting same-sex marriage and banning discussion of sexual diversity in schools

By The Associated Press
15 March 2022

GUATEMALA CITY -- Guatemala’s Congress voted Tuesday to shelve a controversial law stiffening penalties for abortion, prohibiting same-sex marriage and banning discussion of sexual diversity in schools, acting a week after it passed by a wide margin.

The reversal came after President Alejandro Giammattei threatened a veto because elements of the legislation were considered unconstitutional and in violation of international treaties that Guatemala has signed.


‘I don’t feel safe’: Guatemalans denounce anti-abortion law

Women’s rights advocates and LGBTQ community members say contentious legislation puts them at ‘high risk’.

By Jeff Abbott
Published On 14 Mar 2022

Guatemala City, Guatemala – With chants of “this pro-life government doesn’t value our lives”, hundreds of people during the weekend converged on the Guatemalan Congress to show their indignation at a new law they say threatens the rights of women and members of the LGBTQ community.

On March 8, while hundreds were commemorating International Women’s Day, Guatemala’s conservative-controlled Congress approved the “Protection of Life and Family” law in a 101-8 vote. There are 160 seats in Congress.


Guatemala president vows to veto abortion, same-sex marriage bill

March 10, 2022
By Sofia Menchu

GUATEMALA CITY, March 10 (Reuters) - Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei said on Thursday he would veto a bill that seeks to increase abortion penalties to up to 25 years in prison and prohibit same-sex marriage, calling it unconstitutional and in violation of international conventions.

The bill, revived by the conservative Viva Party after being put on ice in 2018, was passed late Tuesday by lawmakers from different parties, including some allies of Giammattei.


Guatemala increases abortion penalty, bans same-sex marriage

While some countries in Latin America have expanded abortion access, Guatemala increased prison sentences for women who have abortions.

March 10, 2022
By Associated Press

GUATEMALA CITY — Guatemalan lawmakers have increased prison sentences for women who have abortions, bucking a recent trend in Latin America toward expanding access to the procedures.

As some of Latin America’s largest countries — Mexico, Argentina, Colombia — have expanded abortion access in the past two years, there remain countries where conservative religious trends continue to hold sway.


Guatemala Congress bans same-sex marriage

Published Mar 9, 2022

Guatemala's Congress has voted in favour of a law which prohibits same-sex marriage. The law will also prohibit the teaching of sexual diversity in schools and raise the prison sentences for women seeking abortion.

Abortion is banned in Guatemala except in cases where the woman's life is at risk.


Guatemala triples jail time for women seeking abortion and bans same-sex marriage

Critics said the bill, which was approved on International Women's Day, 'should really be called a law to imprison and kill women'

9 March 2022

Women in Guatemala face spending a decade behind bars if they choose to have an abortion, under legislation approved by the country’s conservative-led Congress on Tuesday.

The so-called ‘Life and Family Protection Law’ will more than triple the current prison sentence imposed on a woman who has an abortion, from three to 10 years. It also bans same-sex marriages and any initiatives teaching about sexual diversity.


Guatemala law punishes abortion with prison for up to 25 years

By Sofia Menchu

MEXICO CITY, March 8 (Reuters) - Guatemala's Congress approved on Tuesday a law that punishes abortion with up to 25 years in prison and prohibits same-sex marriage and teaching about sexual diversity in schools.

Proposed by the conservative Viva Party, the law for the protection of life and the family was unexpectedly approved by a large majority of lawmakers including allies of President Alejandro Giammattei.