fbpx
Select Page

Abortion campaigner dies after getting legal abortion in Argentina

An abortion campaigner has died after a legal medical abortion in Argentina, after the country legalised abortion on demand on 30 December 2020.

Twenty-three year old Maria de Valle Gonzalez Lopez died earlier this month on 11 April, four days after being legally prescribed abortion pills in the Arturo Illia hospital in La Paz, Argentina.

Clarín newspaper reports that on 7 April “she was prescribed a medication – presumably misoprostol – and on Friday she began to feel ill. She was referred to the main healthcare facility in the eastern area of Mendoza, Perrupato Hospital, where they diagnosed a general infection that may have caused her death”.

Ms. del Valle Gonzalez Lopez was studying social work at the National University of Cuyo.

A pro-life campaigner in Argentina, Guadalupe Batallán, said that “María del Valle was 23 years old and had her whole life in front of her. She was a student and had become president of Radical Youth in Mendoza. She had a legal abortion on Wednesday and by the weekend she was already dead”.

Abortion on demand was legalised in Argentina late last year

Since abortion on demand was introduced into Argentina late last year, it has been subject to a provincial legal challenge. In March, a judge in the Province of San Luis found that the abortion law was in conflict with the provincial law, which grants strong protections to unborn children. The judgement was issued by Judge María Eugenia Bona in response to a suit filed by former senator Liliana Negre.

The abortion bill itself was fast-tracked by President Alberto Fernández who introduced it as part of his campaign promise. This was the ninth time that a bill to legalise abortion had been introduced and has consistently faced strong public opposition.

Last year thousands joined in pro-life demonstrations which, according to organisers, took place in across more than 500 cities in Argentina in opposition to the abortion bill.

Argentines demonstrated for the protection of the unborn and support for mothers with unplanned pregnancies. Pro-lifers adopted the blue neckerchief as a symbol of the cause.

Lawmaker and participant of the Buenos Aires march, Victoria Morales Gorleri said: “We have to solve the problem by fighting poverty and creating jobs. There are other ways to go about this, not the elimination of a life … It’s a failure for a nation to legalize the death of a human being”.

Right To Life UK spokesperson, Catherine Robinson, said: “This is a tragic case of what appears to be a completely avoidable death. Unborn babies lose their lives every time an abortion is successfully performed and sadly sometimes their mothers do too”.

Help stop abortion up to birth for babies with disabilities including Down's syndrome & club foot

Article Syndication

Join other leading publications from around the world who syndicate our articles

Syndicate this article
Syndicate now

Dear reader

In 2020, the UK Government imposed an extreme abortion regime on Northern Ireland, which included a provision that legalised abortion right up to birth for disabilties including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot.

A new Bill has been launched at the Northern Ireland assembly that will remove the current provision that allows abortion for ‘severe fetal impairment’.

It is under these grounds in the regulations that babies with disabilities including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot can currently be singled out for abortion in Northern Ireland because of their disability and can be aborted right up to birth.

Before the new abortion regime was imposed on Northern Ireland in 2020, disability-selective abortion for conditions such as Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot was not legal and there was a culture of welcoming and supporting people with these disabilities rather than eliminating them.

This is reflected directly in the latest figures (2016) from the Department of Health in Northern Ireland, which show that while there were 52 children born with Down’s syndrome in Northern Ireland, in the same year only 1 child from Northern Ireland with Down’s syndrome was aborted in England and Wales. 

This contrasts with the situation in the rest of the United Kingdom where disability-selective abortion has been legal since 1967.

The latest available figures show that 90% of children diagnosed with Down’s syndrome before birth are aborted in England and Wales.

We are, therefore, asking people like you to take 30 seconds of your time and add your support to the campaign to stop abortion up to birth for disabilities including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot in Northern Ireland.

If you live in Northern Ireland: 
Ask your MLAs to vote to stop abortion up to birth for disabilities including Down’s syndrome, cleft lip and club foot:

If you live outside Northern Ireland: 
Show your support by signing this petition in support of the Bill:

Article Syndication

Join other leading publications from around the world who syndicate our articles

Help stop abortion up to birth for babies with disabilities including Down's syndrome & club foot

Syndicate this article
Syndicate now