On 30 June, La Campaña Nacional por el Derecho al Aborto Legal, Seguro y Gratuito , a national network of organisations that has spearheaded the struggle to legalise abortion in Argentina, presented a bill for voluntary termination of pregnancy to the Argentinian Congress for the sixth time.
The UN Human Rights Committee has released a report slamming the state of abortion rights in Argentina and criticizing President Mauricio Macri’s decision to strike down key articles of the Broadcast Media Law and its subsequent effects on freedom of expression on 15 July.
They were demanding the implementation of existing legislation on when abortion is legal and the impeachment of Salta province officials who refused an abortion to the girl, who became pregnant after being raped by a group of five men and three adolescent boys. The abortion would have been legal because her pregnancy was the result of rape, her health was at risk and her mental state also permitted it, but Juana did not receive proper medical care, emergency anti-HIV prophylaxis or an abortion. Her mother filed a complaint before the Judiciary, but even then the provincial government did not allow an immediate pregnancy test nor an abortion.
This collection of resources on access to legal abortion is a contribution to the strengthening of technical capacity in the field of litigation and the construction of advocacy arguments to have political impact. These multimedia resources are accessible to those at national and international level with some background in the law and jurisprudence on the subject of access to safe and legal abortion.
After the Tucumán criminal court refused to release Belén, who suffered a miscarriage but was sentenced to eight years in prison having already been detained awaiting trial for two years and two months, her case was taken up in a public hearing convened by the Commission on Human Rights and Guarantees of the Chamber of Deputies of Argentina. The hearing was entitled: “The role of the State in relation to violence against women: torture and other ill-treatment in the field of sexual and reproductive health”.