The Senate discusses a bill that would allow abortions to become the first major Latin American country
As the first big Latin American country to legalize abortion, Argentina is poised to make history. To the joy of abortion proponents, seventy-two members of the Senate met Tuesday to address a bill passed by the lower house earlier this month. Supporters and abortion opponents gathered in the plaza near the Buenos Aires Congress building.
Argentine media estimates suggest that the “green” camp pressing for reform has a slim edge over its “blue” opponents: 33 senators are allegedly intending to support the measure, while 32 are going to vote against it. Mariela Belski, Argentina’s executive director of Amnesty International, said she was optimistic she would pass the “voluntary abortion” bill, sending a clear message to a country with some of the world’s most stringent abortion laws. “The numbers look very good,” she said. Belski said she felt overjoyed and optimistic about what would be the culmination of women’s rights activists’ decades-long struggle. “The day after tomorrow, this country will be a much better place than before,” she said Monday. Claudia Piñeiro, a writer and anti-abortion activist, said, “This country will be better for my daughter and for the younger generations, so I’m really happy that this is going to happen,” “This will be a transcendental and unforgettable moment, something we’ve been waiting for at the end of a very hard year for everyone,” she said. I just hope the Senate understands that now there is no going back. The women’s movement will no longer allow them to rule over our bodies, our wellbeing, or continue to force us to secretly have abortions. “I just hope that the Senate realizes that there is no turning back now. The women’s movement will no longer allow them to decide over our bodies, over our health, or continue to force us to have abortions in secret. ” Tomorrow that’ll change.
The Argentine Senate in August 2018 rejected an earlier effort to legalize abortion, with many accusing then-President Mauricio Macri for not endorsing the amendment. However, this time, the leftist leader of the country, Alberto Fernández, and his vice president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, have championed the legislation and allegedly failed to persuade senators to support it. Since the 2018 vote, political analyst Andrés Malamud said two major things have changed. One is that, in the House, the government now has a majority,”One is that the government now has a majority in the Senate,” “And the second important thing is that Argentina’s current president, Alberto Fernández, is behind the law because legal abortion was an election promise. “Although advocates are hopeful, Malamud said until the last minute it would be difficult to predict the result. “Although the government has the majority of votes, some of its senators will probably vote against the bill. The outcome will then depend on the pro-abortion minority within the opposition bloc, which is delaying the announcement of its vote to deny the government the political success of passing the abortion law for as long as possible.”