Families and politicians demanded in front of the Congress of the Republic changes to the filing of Bill 229 of 2021 that intends to include in public schools, a sexual education under the principles of the radical left and biased by gender ideology.
Despite the rain, the organizers of the "great sit-in #ConMisHijosNoTeMetas" managed to fill the Plaza de Bolivar, in front of the Congress building, and a large number of squares throughout the country, while becoming a Trending Topic on Twitter with that hashtag.
— Luis Miguel López Aristizábal (@LuismLopezA) November 23, 2022
"Children do not belong to parents."
Numerous active politicians, members of La bancada por la vida, such as Luis Miguel López Aristizábal and José Jaime Uscátegui together with civil society movements, showed their rejection to a law that imposes the vision of "those ideologies that defend that children do not belong to their parents. The children belong to the State" and "violates the freedom of education of the parents."
#ConMisHijosNoTeMetas | Hoy desde la Cámara de Representantes le decimos NO al PL 229 de 2021 que pretende imponer en todos los colegios públicos y privados de Colombia una educación sexual ideologizada obligatoria y vulnerar la libertad de enseñanza de los padres de familia❌⚠️ pic.twitter.com/kr6siz5tEF
— Jose Jaime Uscátegui (@jjUscategui) November 16, 2022
— Natalia Luengas (@NataliaLuengasR) November 23, 2022
Legal ploy by the Left to avoid its rejection
The law was debated on November 16 in the Colombian House of Representatives, but divisions amongst the coalition parties prevented it from moving forward. The firm opposition of the deputies of the Bancada por la Vida, together with the representatives of the center party of former President Álvaro Uribe, gave the opposition the ability to file the law. To avoid this, using a legal trick, the congressmen of the Historical Pact left the session, so that, since there was not enough quorum, the vote had to be postponed.
Algunos congresistas decidieron romper quórum de plenaria de @CamaraColombia para evitar archivo del PL de Educación Sexual. Cuando no hay argumentos, se acude a maniobras dilatorias para aplazar discusiones. Ganamos la batalla, pero seguimos en la lucha #ConMisHijosNoTeMetas pic.twitter.com/3bkdx98pVH
— Luis Miguel López Aristizábal (@LuismLopezA) November 17, 2022
This law has provoked a wide debate in the country, with a large number of Colombians rejecting the approval of a law full of President Petro's radical leftist ideology. Uribe himself has strongly opposed it "as a grandfather and as a father of a family." The former president asked to "let the child be a child and let the parents take the initiative to guide him/her."
Como abuelo, como padre de familia, desde el Centro Democrático pido que se rechace ese Proyecto
No le anticipan al niño unos temas que le afectan la felicidad de la niñez. Dejen que el niño sea niño y que sean los padres de familia quienes tomen la iniciativa de orientarlo. pic.twitter.com/LNrTHvANoL
— Álvaro Uribe Vélez (@AlvaroUribeVel) November 18, 2022
Although it is a norm that began to be processed during the previous legislature, the government coalition of former guerrilla Gustavo Petro took up the legislative process of the text as soon as he came to power.