On Tuesday, the Government of Bolivia declared that it decided to respect life from its conception. Just as it ratifies the right to life from conception to natural death.
First, Bolivia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement clarifying its position on the issues that now cause controversy: Abortion and Sexual Violence. In the manifesto, the Bolivian Chancellery ratifies its “respect for the right to life from conception to natural death”.
As a result, controversy arises following the signing by the Bolivian State of a joint declaration for the “protection of sexual and reproductive health and rights” (euphemism covering up contraception and abortion). As well as promoting “gender sensitivity” in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, although the communiqué confirms respect for life; Bolivia’s Government also explains signing such a declaration.
“In a shared effort with other States, to implement policies to combat violence and defend the rights of women, girls and adolescents“.
“The COVID-19 pandemic presents a new threat in increasing the risk and vulnerability of women, girls and adolescents; which results in an increase in sexual violence and femicide rates”; justifies Bolivia’s chancellery.
Pollutions for Respect for Life
However, the publication of the communiqué is far from clarifying Bolivia’s position on abortion; however, it seems to cause more doubt. As a result, there was no shortage of criticism through the networks for the Bolivian government’s position.
El Gobierno de #Bolivia ratifica su lucha contra todo tipo de violencia hacia la mujer, niñas y adolescentes
— Cancillería Bolivia (@MRE_Bolivia) May 12, 2020
Another point in the controversial statement is the Bolivian Government’s adherence to the efforts of multilateral agencies. Including those of the United Nations, not limited to UNFPA, UN Women, WHO, the World Bank, among others; in their efforts to provide a comprehensive and coherent response to COVID-19.