AMERICA/ARGENTINA - "Responsible parenthood" does not mean harming the dignity or freedom of the person

Saturday, 8 October 2022 youth   human rights   bishops  


Buenos Aires (Agenzia Fides) - The promotion of responsible parenthood "should never pave the way for methods that undermine the dignity of the person, that limit the notion of human freedom or that make decisions for people who have not yet reached the necessary maturity to decide on irreversible processes". The Episcopal Commission for Life, the Laity and the Family of the Argentine Bishops' Conference observes "with concern the new advertising campaign of the Ministry of Health aimed at adolescents and young people, including minors, on access to practically irreversible methods of contraception and sterilization".
The fear of the Episcopal Commission, expressed in a statement sent to Fides, is given by the "progressive weakening of conscience about life and the human condition", which emerges every time that issues such as abortion and euthanasia and many other debates appear on the public agenda. The declaration emphasizes that the consequence of this weakening is to reduce the human condition to the material aspect only, regulated solely by "efficiency criteria based on data, sometimes only statistical". "The existence of the person and his transcendence are not taken into consideration, and the dignity of the excluded, the elderly, the poor, the sick and the unborn is dangerously unknown".
Referring to the advertising campaign of the Ministry of Health which targets young people, the Episcopal Commission notes that perhaps we should ask ourselves why young people cannot plan a future, why they are afraid or find real difficulties in living their sexuality, in preparing themselves to be parents and to start a family. "Much must be done - concludes the text - to ensure better living conditions, education, job opportunities and security, so that, far from continuing to cut the horizon of our young people, we can better realize their deep desire for a dignified life and full of hope". (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 8/10/2022)