Sunday, 09 December, 2018

Argentina Abortion Bill: Country Braces for Historic Vote to Legalize Abortion

Anti-abortion activists carry a Anti-abortion activists carry a"Yes To Life banner during a protest in Buenos Aires
Deanna Wagner | 09 August, 2018, 22:57

In neighboring Brazil, supporters and opponents of abortion recently testified before the Supreme Federal Tribunal in an extraordinary session on whether to allow elective abortions during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

The bill had originally been passed by Congress' lower house by a narrow margin in June. Women found guilty of having illegal abortions can serve up to four years in prison, and medical professionals involved in such procedures can go to prison for up to six years.

"There are positive points that have come out of this, first of all, that even when there are differing ways of thinking, there's a square in peace right now, with thousands of people defending their convictions", said Buenos Aires provincial Gov. Maria Eugenia Vidal, who was against the measure.

Global human rights and women's groups were following the vote, and figures such as USA actress Susan Sarandon and Canadian author Atwood supported the pro-abortion cause in Argentina. While abortion-rights activists chanted "legal abortion at the hospital", the Catholic Church held a "Mass for Life", said the CNN. Now that the bill has failed, lawmakers can not resubmit legislation until next year.

His sentiments were shared by 21-year-old Camila Sforza, who said she remained hopeful despite the setback.

Celia Szusterman, trustee of the United Kingdom board of Pro-Mujer and director of the Latin America programme at the Institute for Statecraft, told CNN that the vote was "a step backward for women's rights and women's health".

"Just because the bill got shot down, it will not stop the movement", said Paula Avila-Guillen, a director of Women's Equality Center, an abortion rights advocacy group. "We were out in huge numbers and showed that we will defend the two lives, no matter the cost". Currently, it is only possible if the fetus is deformed, the woman has been raped or if the woman's life is in danger.

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Abortion rights supporters wore green scarves while anti-abortion activists donned baby blue.

IWHC focuses its work in the UN, training worldwide abortion activists in the art of lobbying and preparing activists from a number of nations, including Argentina.

Cuba, Guyana, Puerto Rico and Uruguay permit early-term elective abortions, as does Mexico City.

Opponents of abortion meanwhile held their own demonstrations.

"It's possible that we propose that", he said. That dealt a hammer blow to the Catholic Church, which is as revered in Ireland as it is in Argentina.

An abortion-rights activist reacts outside the National Congress in Buenos Aires, on Thursday to news that the Senate voted to reject a bill that would have legalized abortion.