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Brazil’s congress overturns Lula veto on abortion, gender care

Brazil's Congress on Tuesday overrode a veto by left-wing President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of a law that prohibits using public funding for some abortion and gender reassignment procedures

The legislation, which was part of a budget provision passed in January, bars government spending on the promotion or financing of actions “extinguishing the concept of traditional family.”

The law, which now enters into force, blocks the use of taxpayer funds for abortions “in cases not authorized by law” and gender reassignment surgery for minors.

The bill also prevents the allocation of public resources to “actions tending to influence children and adolescents, from kindergarten to high school, to have sexual options different from the biological sex.”

Lula’s veto of the bill — permitted under Brazil’s constitution but subject to a vote by lawmakers — was overridden in the lower house by 339 votes to 107, and in the senate by 47 votes to 23.

Congressman Eduardo Bolsonaro, son of former far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, celebrated the reinstatement of the law that he had initially proposed.

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“This means several lives saved, less chance of invasions and children less susceptible to the filth of the left in kindergartens and schools,” he wrote on X.

The veto was overridden with the support of the Bolsonaro loyalists and the evangelical and rural benches — the most powerful in Congress.

Platform with AFP

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