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Argentine Senate will vote on the abortion bill next Wednesday

Friday, August 3rd 2018 - 11:30 UTC
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The Argentine Senate finally approved the text of a bill to legalize abortion that will be put to a vote on August 8 in the upper chamber. As approved by Congress' lower house Chamber of Deputies on June 14, the bill sent to the Senate decriminalizes abortion during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy and provides for conscientious objection for practitioners, but not for hospitals. Read full article


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  • DemonTree

    Good luck to the campaigners.

    Aug 03rd, 2018 - 10:09 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • bushpilot

    I'm thinking you are wishing luck to the Green campaigners, and not to the Sky Blue campaigners only referred to at the end. Is that accurate?

    Aug 04th, 2018 - 05:00 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DemonTree


    Aug 04th, 2018 - 08:50 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • bushpilot


    Smile. Your mother chose life!

    I understand I'm only a backward, low-IQ redneck and can't measure up to your superior über-intellect. But, while your heart is yearning for social justice for a human being to make their own choices with their body, and wishing them luck, do you think also spending a second or two considering social justice for helpless unborn human beings is in order?

    Do those babies get to choose too? Do you yearn for their freedom too? Are you going to wish them luck also?

    I know, I know, if I was well-educated like you I'd see that it is just “human tissue”, and not a “human being” or a helpless baby.

    It's just a surgical procedure, it isn't an unspeakably hideous act of murder at all!

    “If only people would just educate themselves and become the twisted bunch of advanced-thinking butchers we are!”

    Aug 04th, 2018 - 02:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DemonTree

    I don't know if you're backward or a redneck, but I think everyone is entitled to their opinion, and I doubt education makes much difference on this issue.

    I don't see a fetus as just human tissue, but I think there's a big difference between an embryo that can't think or feel at the start of pregnancy, and basically a baby at the end. So I believe abortion should be legal early in pregnancy, but later on only if there is a good reason, something seriously wrong with the baby or the mother. I don't see it as murder, because it's ending a potential life, rather than an actual one.

    Aug 04th, 2018 - 09:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Enrique Massot


    I agree with your statement above and also wish the courageous Argentine women luck in ending a ridiculous criminalization that results in a serious public health issue and unnecessary suffering when women have abortions in unsafe conditions and end up seriously ill or dead.

    Even if the Senate blocks legalization, things will not go back to square one. There has been a huge debate throughout the country and the Argentine women have emerged better organized, stronger and more aware of their rights.

    Let's hope for the good outcome on Aug. 8.

    Aug 05th, 2018 - 03:18 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DemonTree

    Unfortunately it looks like it's not going to pass, since just over half the senators have now announced their opposition. Women will be resorting to back alley abortions for a while longer. You're right though, the issue will not go away, and the country seems to be moving in the direction of liberalisation. Likely it'll be a factor in the next elections.

    Aug 05th, 2018 - 10:11 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • gordo01

    Abortion has been approved in the Republic of Ireland - a VERY Catholic country! So why shouldn't it be approved in Argentina?

    Aug 06th, 2018 - 05:40 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Enrique Massot


    Ireland conducted a referendum so the population decided. In Argentina, the politicians will decide whether clandestine abortions and their sequel of hospitalizations and deaths will continue to happen till more progressive politicians are voted in.

    Aug 06th, 2018 - 06:31 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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