Implementation of public policies that safeguard life and strengthen the family and freedom generates a high social impact, said senior Hungarian government officials who participated in the recent IV Transatlantic Summit held in Budapest.
On May 26 and 27 at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the Political Network for Values (PNfV) brought together nearly 300 political representatives, legislators and leaders of citizens’ organizations and intellectuals from the Americas, Africa and Europe.
Luz Keila Gramajo, Secretary of Planning and Programming of the Presidency of Guatemala, presented the broad and innovative Public Policy for the Protection of Life and the Institutional Framework for the Family, made up of 99 interconnected programs to promote integral development.
With it, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei complies with the first three articles of the national Constitution, which explicitly determine the protection of the person, the family and the right to life from conception.
Gramajo said that Guatemala is firmly committed to protecting life and the family, with special attention to those most vulnerable in the country. “This is a moral duty of the state. Law guarantees power and with power we must guarantee the rights of our people, at all costs,” she said.
In a way, the approach of the Guatemalan government follows in the footsteps of Hungary’s successful family policy, which has proven to have a consistent social impact, effective cultural incidence and undeniable popularity. It is not for nothing that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has just endorsed his government for the fourth time.
Hungarian Deputy Minister Eszter Vitályos explained that a fundamental part of the government’s public policies for strengthening the family and population growth is the respect of the freedom of marriages, which contributes to clearing economic obstacles in a very concrete way without clientelism. “For us, family protection is key, and the results show that we are on the right track,” she stressed.
Angela Gandra, Brazil’s National Secretary of Justice, presented the package of public policies she is implementing and stressed that they are all based on a clear anthropological proposal that places the dignity of the free and responsible person at the center.
She explained that freedom is at the basis of the construction of democratic societies; and that the State has the obligation to guarantee the freedom of all citizens. “The family is the school par excellence of freedom, and to protect the family is to protect freedom,” she said.
Erwin Ronquillo, secretary of the Ecuador Grows Without Malnutrition Program, said that unlike previous administrations, President Guillermo Lasso is committed to the goal that every mother and child in Ecuador have adequate attention from his government. The program he is in charge of is the answer to this commitment.
He explained that the initiative focuses on the first years of life, from conception to two years of age. Early identification of pregnant mothers ensures appropriate delivery of services from the start, and ensures safe pregnancy, childbirth and parenting. This is not a gift, but a right, and the first battlefront against malnutrition.
The IV Transatlantic Summit concluded on May 27. The PNfV is an international network of political representatives who promote and defend life, the family and fundamental freedoms. To learn more about the network, visit www.politicalnetworkforvalues.org.