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Abortion campaigners celebrate introduction of abortion on demand to Argentina

Argentina’s senate has voted through a bill to introduce abortion on demand to Argentina.

The result was announced at 4am on Wednesday with 38 votes in favour, 29 against and one abstention.

Pro-abortion campaigners erupted into celebration outside the congressional palace in Buenos Aires when the result was announced.

The Bill was approved by Argentina’s lower house earlier this month. Argentina is only the third country in South American to introduce abortion on demand, alongside Uruguay and Guyana.

Strong opposition

Earlier this year thousands joined in pro-life demonstrations, which according to organisers took place in across more than 500 cities in Argentina in opposition to a bill that would legalise abortion on demand.

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

Participant of the Buenos Aires march and lawmaker 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”.

People have taken to the streets now to say that we don’t want abortion

Dr. María José Mancino, president of Doctors for Life Argentina, said that “abortion is not a health problem or a priority problem in Argentina. There are many other problems that are not being considered”.

“The Senate already defeated an abortion bill in 2018 in Argentina and the people have taken to the streets now to say that we don’t want abortion. The country does not need to be divided in such a fraught political and economic climate”.

The abortion bill was titled “Regulation of access to voluntary interruption of pregnancy and post-abortion care”, and was drawn up by the ministries of Health and Women, Gender and Diversity in coordination with the Legal and Technical Secretariat of the Presidency.

The bill was fast-tracked by President Alberto Fernández who introduced the bill as part of his campaign promise. This was the ninth time that a bill to legalise abortion has been introduced.

No popular mandate

Argentina has joined a long list of countries where governments and unelected officials have imposed abortion on their citizens without popular support. Most famously, this took place in the United States in 1973 when seven unelected judges imposed abortion on all fifty states.

More recently, the Government in Westminster forced one of the most extreme abortion regimes in the world on Northern Ireland without the consent of the people who live there. The new regime allows abortion up to the point of birth for all disabilities, including cleft lip, club foot and Down’s syndrome.

Abortion is available de-facto on demand through to 24 weeks and available on-demand, without conditionality, up to 12 weeks of pregnancy, for the first time in the UK, allowing sex-selective abortion to be available on-demand.

Since the abortion regime was brought into effect in March of this year, over 719 abortions have taken place in the region.

Right To Life UK’s spokesperson, Catherine Robinson, said: “This is a tragic day for Argentina, unborn children and everyone who supports the right to life”.

“It’s also very disturbing to see pro-abortion campaigners celebrating the introduction of a law that will be responsible for the ending of tens of thousands of lives”.

“Demonstrations held earlier this year made it clear that the people of Argentina did not want abortion on this ninth occasion any more than they did on the previous eight attempts. The very large opposition that has been built to attempt to stop this bill will not be going away. Argentina now has one of the largest pro-life movements in the world and that movement will now start on the next phase, which will be the repeal of this inhumane law to ensure full protection for the unborn child is restored to Argentina”.

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Dear reader

Thanks to the support from people like you, last year a major attempt to hijack the UK Government’s flagship Domestic Abuse Bill with two extreme abortion proposals failed, in a major pro-life victory.

Unfortunately, this is not the end for our opposition.

We are currently facing major threats on five separate fronts:

  1. Pro-abortion MP Rupa Huq has brought forward an amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill to introduce a jail term of up to two years if a pro-lifer offers support or advice to a woman near an abortion clinic. This is a threat to unborn babies and to freedom of speech.
  2. The assisted suicide lobby has brought forward a bill to legalise assisted suicide, which was introduced to the House of Lords on 26 May.
  3. The Northern Ireland Secretary has given himself new powers to force expanded abortion services on Northern Ireland.
  4. The abortion lobby is further exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to attempt to make dangerous ‘DIY’ home abortions available permanently.
  5. The abortion lobby is expected to make another attempt to change abortion law to allow abortion on demand, for any reason, up to birth.

If these major threats from our opposition are successful, it would be a disaster. Thousands of lives would be lost. 

Fighting both the abortion and assisted suicide lobbies over this period has already made a huge dent in Right To Life UK's limited resources.

To cover this gap and ensure we effectively defeat these proposals during this period, we must raise at least £200,000.

We are, therefore, asking people like you to please give as generously as you can. Every donation, no matter how small, will make a significant difference.

By stopping these threats, YOU can save lives over this coming period.

Will you make a special gift right now to help protect vulnerable lives from these threats?

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