Argentina on Thursday became one of just a handful of Latin American countries to allow elective abortion, as neighboring Chile initiated its own debate on decriminalizing a procedure denied to most women on the continent. President Alberto Fernandez signed a law that allows abortion until 14 weeks of pregnancy that was passed by the Senate on December 30.
Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro criticized a decision by Argentina’s Senate on Wednesday that gave women the right to decide on abortion. In a post on Twitter, the evangelical head of government said he deeply regrets the lives of Argentine children,” saying they are now exposed to being cut from their mothers’ wombs with the consent of the State.”
Argentina's Senate voted to legalize elective abortion early Wednesday, marking a historic political shift in the heavily Catholic country and larger region.
The Argentine Senate will on Tuesday debate a Bill that, if it passes into law, would make the country by far the largest in Latin America to legalize abortion. The proposed legislation would allow women to terminate pregnancies up until the 14th week. Currently, abortion is allowed only in cases of rape and when there is a threat to the life of the mother.
The president of the Argentine bishops’ conference called on lawmakers to “reflect” as they prepare to debate a bill that would legalize abortion in the South American country.
Argentina’s lower house of Congress approved a bill to legalize abortion in the early hours of Friday morning, a big step forward for the legislation that could set the tone for a wider shift in conservative Latin America.
Thousands of protesters in cities around the world have gathered over the past days in support of Poles who have taken to the streets after a court ruling further limited the country's restrictive abortion laws.
The Catholic Church, some lawmakers, and the pro-life lobbies are ready for a major battle when the current Argentine government is expected to send a bill to legalize abortion. This follows statements from president Alberto Fernandez pledging to the green scarves movement, who strongly support the initiative that the long-delayed bill will be taken up for consideration soon.
Thousands of women, many sporting the green scarves that have become the symbol of Argentina's abortion rights movement, rallied in Buenos Aires and other cities on Wednesday to campaign for a new bill to legalize abortion.
The verdict in a retrial of a Salvadoran woman convicted of aggravated homicide after a stillbirth is expected on Monday, the woman's lawyer said on Friday, in a closely watched case that could overturn a 30-year prison sentence.