ARGENTINA – In a student body of 200, 30 girls aged 12-19 are pregnant

About ten kilometers south of San Salvador de Jujuy is Alto Comedero, one of the poorest neighborhoods in the area. There is a state school of mixed secondary level, attended by less than 200 students. Today, 30 of the girls are pregnant. They are aged 12-19 years old. We asked the directors of a number of schools about this issue. Many did not want to answer, perhaps because they feel guilty that this is happening. … Continued

ARGENTINA – 3,700 people, mostly women, formally leave Catholic church over stance on abortion

More than 3,700 people have submitted apostasy requests to the Argentinian synod in protest against the Church’s heavy-handed anti-abortion campaign during the debate in the Senate, according to César Rosenstein, a lawyer and founding member of the Argentinian Coalition for a Lay State. “Apostasy is an important symbolic and political act,” said Rosenstein, who said that visits to the group’s website had shot up since the vote from 100 daily unique users to around 40,000 … Continued

STOP PRESS: ARGENTINA – Two women have died from complications of a clandestine abortion since 8 August

Two women have died in Buenos Aires province since the Senate vote on 8 August. One report has just arrived of a woman who had five children, as we go to press, with no other details. The other was reported on 14 August – a 34-year-old woman who had two children. She had been admitted to Manuel Belgrano Hospital the night before in poor condition, with a stalk of parsley in her cervix. Doctors carried … Continued

ARGENTINA – Majorities protecting rights: the 2018 abortion reform in Argentina

The Argentinian abortion reform, closely followed in the entire Latin American region, is extremely relevant, first and most obviously, from the perspective of equality and rights protection… [But it] is relevant also from a perspective attentive to the texture of the political and legal interactions on display.

PRESS RELEASE 9 August 2018 – Argentina: no turning back

The press release is available in PDF here  Argentina’s Senate voted last night – after a 15-hour “debate”, during which the room was mostly empty of Senators – to reject a bill on abortion passed by the House of Deputies in June. The tone and level of engagement in the two houses of the congress could not have been more different. The Deputies listened to each other, they were passionate, they seemed more open. The … Continued

ARGENTINA – Today’s the day: a matter of life and death for women

It’s the 8th of August, 10am, the day the vote will be taken on the bill that was passed by the House of Deputies several months and thousands of words and actions in support of law reform ago. Our friends in the country told us on the 1st of August that the debate in the Senate over the past days and weeks has been far more aggressive and extreme, mostly because anti-abortion activists are more … Continued

ARGENTINA: SOLIDARITY REQUEST

FROM: Campaña Nacional por el Derecho al Aborto Legal, Seguro y Gratuito We are delighted to share with you a letter we have written to our Senators demanding the approval by the Senate of Argentina of the bill for the Voluntary Termination of Pregnancy, which has already been passed by the House of Representatives. We are demanding its approval without modification in the Senate on 8 August 2018. PLEASE HELP US TO GATHER AS MANY … Continued

ARGENTINA – Five letters to the country while the Senate debates the abortion bill

After intense negotiations, the abortion law reform bill that was approved by the Chamber of Deputies of the Congress on 14 June will be reviewed by three Commissions in the Senate. Hearings are already taking place. The final vote is scheduled for 8 August. At the end of June, according to TelesurTV, 27 Senators had said they would vote in favour of the new law, 29 against, and 16 remained undecided, but whether this remains … Continued

Argentina – Victory is announced in the street: 14 June – una jornada histórica

What more is there to say!!! We await first-hand reports and an outline of the final text of the bill as agreed in the House of Deputies. It is not yet law, however. The bill has to go to the upper chamber of the Congress, date to be arranged. But meanwhile, we can only repeat again and again our heartfelt congratulations to everyone involved. What a fabulous victory!!! In Paraguay, however, we are very disturbed … Continued

ARGENTINA – WE WON

The debate has lasted 23 hours.

Congratulations!! Venceremos!!! Yes for law reform, abortion on request up to 14 weeks, 131 in favour, opposed 123. WE’VE WON!!! Now there are several more clauses, e.g. legal grounds after 14 weeks. The debate on these continues. We will report more tomorrow..

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