Argentine Senate rejects bill to expand legalized abortion
Argentine Senate rejects bill to expand legalized abortion
The bill is expected to fall short of the necessary votes to pass into law
11 August, 2018, 10:04
Pushed by a wave of demonstrations by women's groups, the lower house had already passed the measure and conservative President Mauricio Macri had said that he would sign it, even though he is anti-abortion. Had the proposal been adopted, Argentina would have become the largest Latin American nation to legalize abortion, after Cuba.
"The state needs to be present with vulnerable women so they don't have to reach the point of an abortion". More recently, the Ni Una Menos, or Not One Less, movement that was created in Argentina to fight violence against women has grown into a global phenomenon.
"The human-rights group says that over the past 30 years, complications from risky abortions have accounted for a third of the maternal deaths in Argentina". "It's the beginning of revolutions".
Worldwide human rights and women's groups have been closely following the vote, and figures such as USA actress Susan Sarandon and "The Handmaid's Tale" author Margaret Atwood supported the pro-abortion cause in Argentina.
"Sooner or later, this will be law", Edurne Cárdenas of Argentina's Center for Legal and Social Studies told the New York Times.
In neighboring Chile, the Constitutional Court a year ago upheld a measure that would end that country's absolute ban on abortions, permitting abortions when a woman's life is in danger, when a fetus is not viable and in cases of rape.
"This is obviously a setback", said Ima Guirola of the Women Studies Institute, a group in El Salvador.
Argentina, the homeland of Pope Francis and home to some 30 million Catholics, allows abortions only in cases of rape or danger to the mother's health.
In 2016, DCleaks.com released documents from Open Society Foundations (OSF) revealing Soros funding of the abortion front group International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC) through his Women's Rights Program (WRP), which has been working in Europe, Africa, Latin America, and Asia.
What would the abortion bill have done? . They vowed not to take human lives, no matter what it costs them.
The Pope also reiterated the Catholic Church's opposition to abortion this year, urging families "to accept the children that God gives them".
But the city's archbishop, Cardinal Mario Poli, appeared to speak for many when he told churchgoers: "It's not about religious beliefs but about a humanitarian reason".
Macri has said he is personally opposed to abortion but allowed the debate.
The proposed bill was met with contentious debate in Argentina; although protests in support of its passage broke out worldwide on Wednesday night, anti-abortion activists also held a rally outside the country's Congress and the Catholic Church held a "Mass for Life" vigil in Buenos Aires.
"This is just the beginning - our movement will continue till we get the right to abortion", she said.
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