ARGENTINA – What’s been happening since the abortion law reform bill was tabled

The tabling of the bill drafted by the Campaña por el Derecho al Aborto Legal, Seguro y Gratuito took place on 6 March in the lower House of the Argentine Congress. Mariana Romero of Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad (CEDES) writes: “I was inside the Chamber that day. There were 116 representatives at the ‘informative session’ in which the process of consideration of this bill and several others that were tabled at the … Continued

ARGENTINA – Opinion poll shows 59% of Argentinians in favour of abortion law reform; three Congressional committees will begin debate on 20 March 2018

On 20 March, members of three different committees in the Chamber of Deputies of the national Congress will start deliberations on abortion law reform. Along with the bill tabled by the National Campaign for the Right to Legal, Safe and Free Abortion, which takes abortion out of the criminal law and allows abortion on a range of grounds and was endorsed by 71 Deputies, other proposals tabled will also be discussed. The National Campaign is … Continued

BREAKING NEWS: ARGENTINA – Abortion law reform bill tabled in Congress: the outcome of a critical mass of support

On 5 March at 17:50pm, the abortion bill of the Campaña Nacional por Aborto Legal, Seguro y Gratuito was tabled in the lower house of the Argentine Congress for the seventh time, but this time endorsed by 71 Deputies. Opening the press conference that day in the Members’ Annex, in a room overflowing with 200 supporters of the bill who were clapping and singing: “Legal abortion / in the hospital”, National Campaign chair Pamela Martín … Continued

ARGENTINA – Macri gives a green light to open the debate on abortion law reform

In 2016, 46 women died from unsafe, illegal abortions in Argentina. All of them could have been avoided. Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina, is against abortion, but all around him there is a very strong movement and a new generation that are pushing for Argentina to become a leader in the region on abortion law reform, as they were with gay marriage. The abortion rights movement in Argentina seeks to go well beyond Chile and … Continued

YOUTUBE – Two reports of YouTube censorship: do you know of more??

On 15 January 2018, YouTube removed two videos by Women on Waves and Women on Web. Both channels contained animations with lifesaving information about safe and effective ways to have an abortion with medications. Some of the animations can be seen in the documentary Vessel. Women on Web said: “By censoring information on safe abortion, YouTube may contribute to morbidity and mortality from unsafe abortion. By removing the video channels, YouTube violates the right to … Continued

ARGENTINA – Former Education Minister equates abortion with murdering a woman 

  #NiUnaMenos (translated as #NotOneLess in English) is a national movement in Argentina that protests against the murder of women, often by their partners or ex-partners, as an issue of gender-based violence and misogyny.   Estaban Bullrich, a former minister in Argentina’s governing party, has sparked anger by comparing the abortion of a female fetus to these murders. Presumably seeking publicity because he is running for public office, he claimed in a radio interview that … Continued

Physician pioneers abortion education for medical professionals in Argentina

  Dr Raquel Tizziani is spearheading Argentina’s first university curriculum on abortion at the National University of Rosario. The news spread fast. In the first few days after the university announced the plan, some 10,000 e-mails demanding an immediate halt to the programme flooded the inbox of Ricardo Nidd, Dean of the College of Medicine. Abortion is legal in Argentina in cases of rape or grave danger to the woman’s health. Nonetheless, she said, doctors … Continued

STOP PRESS: ARGENTINA “Belén” acquitted: Tucumán Provincial Supreme Court overturns sentence for aggravated homicide

  In 2014, “Belén”, a 27-year-old woman from the province of Tucumán went to her local hospital with a serious vaginal haemorrhage. The duty doctor diagnosed a spontaneous miscarriage, but “Belén” was accused of having disposed of the fetus in a hospital washroom. She was tried and sentenced to eight years in jail for aggravated homicide in a trial riddled with irregularities. She spent more than two years in prison until August 2016, when the … Continued

Two videos about abortion in Argentina, in Spanish with Portuguese subtitles

The first video describes what the two recommended methods are of abortion, what the law allows in Argentina with a liberal interpretation, how the two methods work and how simple and safe they are. The second records testimonies of many women of all ages and backgrounds in Argentina who talk about how they got pregnant, why they decided to have an abortion and how it took place.

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