"Law of Equality" Seen as a Ruse to Promote Abortion

Nicaragua Bishops Warn of Rights Legislation

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MANAGUA, Nicaragua, MARCH 10, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Legislation ostensibly aimed at equal rights is really "designed to impose the radical gender ideology promoted by the United Nations and other international organizations," warn Nicaragua's Catholic bishops.



The proposed Law of Equality was approved by the Nicaraguan Legislative Assembly's Woman's Commission and presented Wednesday to the full assembly.

The bishops' conference issued a statement saying, "This law tries to impose a new standard of conduct on woman in relation to herself, to the family and to society. This new standard places her in confrontation with her nature and with her own specifically feminine ambit."

"The Church is not against the promotion of woman, or against recognition of her rights, but it would be appropriate if the full recognition of woman's equality is combined with an ability to appreciate properly the peculiar gifts with which God willed to create her," the prelates stated.

"The 'Law of Equality,' like the foreign ideology of gender, is designed to achieve woman's equality by granting her 'new' special rights, such as the right to abortion, lesbianism, and obligatory quotas to guarantee her 'equality' in positions of power and half of all jobs in the country for the sole reason of being woman," continued the bishops.

"This legislation contains a new misleading vocabulary," they added. "The terms 'sexual health' and 'reproductive health' are internationally recognized as euphemisms for induced abortion and the promotion of homosexuality.

"The term 'gender' de-natures the essence of man and woman denying the existing natural differences between the sexes and substituting the masculine and feminine gender, with six genders: homosexual, bisexual, transsexual, undifferentiated, heterosexual and transgeneric."

"The whole law must be examined in detail to ascertain that none of its articles open the door to abortion and homosexuality," the bishops insisted.

They concluded by exhorting the lawmakers "not to allow the egoistic interests of individuals or groups to prevail over the precious good of human life and, therefore, of society, and respect for the cultural values of our Christian people."