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Guatemala Official Resigns Over Planned Parenthood Row

The court sought the law ministry’s response after going through a statement by the World Health Organisation, which has declared virginity testing as unscientific, medically unnecessary and unreliable.

The court sought the law ministry’s response after going through a statement by the World Health Organisation, which has declared virginity testing as unscientific, medically unnecessary and unreliable.

Guatemalas interior minister resigned Tuesday after his decision to allow the group Planned Parenthood to operate in the country despite conservative President Alejandro Giammatteis fierce opposition to abortion.

GUATEMALA CITY: Guatemalas interior minister resigned Tuesday after his decision to allow the group Planned Parenthood to operate in the country despite conservative President Alejandro Giammatteis fierce opposition to abortion.

The president said he had accepted the resignation of Oliverio Garca Rodas and told a local radio station he would overturn Garca Rodas decision to approve the group, whose clinics sometimes provide abortion services.

The president said he had been surprised by the decision and as soon as the approval was made public, I immediately called religious leaders … to tell them this was not a decision of this administration, and much less of the president.

Giammattei, a 64-year-old physician, also opposes gay marriage.

Former Interior Minister Francisco Jimnez noted this was not the only decision by Garcia Rodas that had been reversed.

Garcia Rodas recently created a special office to analyze threats or attacks against human rights activists, but three days later he cancelled the effort.

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