President of Guatemala Alejandro Giammattei proclaimed his country the “pro-life capital of Latin America” for its ongoing vow to protect the sanctity of life and defend the unborn. In a presentation at the recent Ibero-American Congress for Life and Family in Guatemala City, he also declared an annual “National Day of Life and Family” and unveiled a “Monument for Life” at the National Palace.
Giammattei has been a vocal critic of pressure from U.S. and Western nations promoting pro-choice policies in other countries. Giammattei in 2020 prohibited abortion provider Planned Parenthood from setting up operations in Guatemala. The Family Research Council reported the following year that Giammattei added Guatemala to the nearly three dozen other nations signing on to the Geneva Consensus Declaration that upholds there is no international right to abortion.