Argentina legalizes abortion as the senate approves
Argentina has finally legalized abortion up to 14 weeks, as the Senate has approved on Wednesday. The bill got 38 votes in favor, 29 against, and one abstention.
As abortion has been legalized, Argentina became the largest country to do so. The campaigners who were seeking the law against abortion has celebrated on Wednesday.
Talking to the media person, one supporter said that “There are no words to describe what your body feels after fighting for something for so long. I cried a lot, which I wasn’t expecting.”
To be noted, Argentina’s lower house had approved the bill–which seeks to legalize terminations in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy–earlier this month. The bill was put to congress by President Alberto Fernández.
Argentina is now the third South American Country to permit voluntary abortions. Uruguay legalized abortion in 2102, while Guyana made it legal in 1995.
Cuba legalized abortions in 1965, while Mexico City and the Mexican state of Oaxaca also allow abortions.
In Brazil, abortions are allowed in severe circumstances like Rape or risk to the mother’s life. But, countries like the Dominican Republic and El Salvador have banned the terminations.
Colombian activists, who want abortions to be decriminalized, filed a lawsuit and asked it to remove it from the Country’s criminal code. The activists in Chile believe that the new constitution may help them regarding abortion.
Too, activists in Brazil are waiting for the Supreme Court verdict on abortion that would make it legal in the Country.
The activists had challenged in 2018. Brazil is the most populous country in the region.
Amnesty International’s executive director in Argentina, Mariela Belski, said: “Both the law passed by the Argentine congress today and the enormous effort of the women’s movement to achieve this are an inspiration to the Americas.
“Argentina has sent a strong message of hope to our entire continent: that we can change course against the criminalisation of abortion and against clandestine abortions, which pose serious risks to the health and lives of millions of people.”
Mariela Belski, @Amnesty Argentina: “Both the law passed by the Argentine congress today and the enormous effort of the women’s movement to achieve this are an inspiration to the Americas. Argentina has sent a strong message of hope to our entire continent.” @IPPF@EPF_SRRhttps://t.co/zuqeoxqaNc
To remember that the senate approval for the legalization of abortions came after five years of mass protest marches by Argentina’s grassroots women’s movement– began as a Twitter campaign against gender violence. That movement used the hashtag #NiUnaMenos. #NiUnaMenos means no more women lost to gender violence.
Argentina is fighting for abortion rights and we are strong but we need our sisters around the world to support us more than ever. Join us in the international feminist revolution. Here’s a million souls screaming "DOWN WITH THE PATRIARCHY, IT WILL FALL. FEMINISM WILL PREVAIL” 🔥 pic.twitter.com/p6DSFFRdqs
The first march of women in Argentina took place on 3 June 2015 following the murder of Chiara Páez. Chiara Páez was a 14-year-old girl who was murdered for being pregnant. Her body was found buried underneath her boyfriend’s house. It was alleged that she was beaten.
Argentinian feminist activists staged a mass protest against the Rape, murder, and impalement of 16-year-old Lucía Pérez in Mar del Plata’s coastal city.
The activists realized after the 2015 #NiUnaMenos march that the fight against femicide could also include demands for the legalization of abortion.
The activists adopted a green scarf. The green scarf is worn as a head-scarf or around the wrist. They wear a green scarf as a symbol of their movement. The trend of wearing green scarves quickly spread to other Latin American countries after that, green has become to symbolize the fight for women’s rights.
In August 2018, the Senate rejected a similar bill because of pressure from the Catholic church. The activists realized their hopes shattered.
But, luckily President Fernández’s election the following year brought new hope. Fernández promised that he would try his best to legalize abortion in the Country.