Published: Thu, August 09, 2018

Argentina Senate rejects measure to legalize abortion

Argentina Senate rejects measure to legalize abortion

Argentine senators rejected a bill to legalize abortion after an impassioned debate ran into the early hours of Thursday, pushing back against a groundswell of support from a surging abortion rights movement. Sooner rather than later, women will have the decision they need, sooner rather than later we will win this debate,"Pichetto said in his closing speech".

The lower house of Congress had already passed the measure and President Mauricio Macri had said that he would sign it.

In Chile, the constitutional Court past year upheld legislation ending the Andean nation's absolute ban on abortions, permitting the procedure when a woman's life is in danger, when a fetus is not viable and in cases of rape.

Argentina is an overwhelmingly Catholic country.

"There was talk of a green square and a light blue square".

The Senate debated a bill that would legalize elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, and eventually voted against it, keeping abortion limited to cases of rape or risks to a woman's health.

Despite false warnings to the contrary, no woman or medical professional is in prison for practicing abortion in Argentina, despite its illegal status.


"The only way to understand this is through the point of view of public health", he said.

Some resort to using a clothes hanger wire or knitting needle to break the amniotic sac inside the womb, others take toxic mixtures or herbs that can prove fatal.

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. "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". Amnesty International has told Argentine legislators that "the world is watching". There are three exceptions: if a woman is raped, pregnancy puts her life in danger, or a fetus is brain-dead.

Chile's constitutional Court past year upheld legislation ending the Andean nation's absolute ban on abortions, permitting the procedure when a woman's life is in danger, when a fetus is not viable or in cases of rape.

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.

"We do as the Nazis did to safeguard the purity of the race, but we do it with 'white gloves, '" he said.

It is also legal in Mexico City.

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