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Argentina abortion bill postponed until 2021

The Argentine Government has put plans to introduce abortion legislation on hold until 2021.  

President Alberto Fernández vowed he would introduce abortion in his state-of-the-nation speech on 1 March 2020 and that a bill would enter Congress within the following 10 days.

In the ensuing months, amid the coronavirus pandemic, the government announced on multiple occasions that the bill was ready for presentation.

However, according to reports there was no consensus within the Cabinet and now the Bill has been delayed until 2021.

Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers Santiago Cafiero told the Buenos Aires Times that “although the government’s intention was always clear with respect to abortion,” until the pandemic can be brought under control, abortion legislation is not a priority for the Government.

He added that the idea was to debate the bill without restrictions in either Congress or the public arena, with full social participation.

Vice-President Cristina Fernández Kirchner, as well as the Cabinet, reportedly all support the bill’s postponement.

Currently abortion is allowed in Argentina in cases of rape or if the mother’s health is in danger.

Two years ago, Argentina’s Senate rejected a Bill that would have introduced abortion up to 14 weeks in the country.

Last year, almost two million people joined pro-life demonstrations across Argentina under the theme “In Defense of the Two Lives.”

There was a “palpable spirit of celebration, of joy, with families rallying together, as well as an overwhelming presence of young people,” Carolina Brown, one of the march organizers, told Crux: “Seeing that young people are the ones who will have to continue fighting, seeing them come out in numbers, joining friends, is a reason for hope.”This year, Argentina’s digital March for Life drew 390,000 participants on Facebook alone, according to preliminary numbers from march organizers.

Dear reader,

MPs will shortly vote on proposed changes to the law, brought forward by Labour MPs Stella Creasy and Diana Johnson, that would introduce the biggest change to our abortion laws since the Abortion Act was introduced in 1967.

These proposed changes to the law would make it more likely that healthy babies are aborted at home for any reason, including sex-selective purposes, up to birth.

Polling undertaken by ComRes, shows that only 1% of women support introducing abortion up to birth and that 91% of women agree that sex-selective abortion should be explicitly banned by the law.

Please click the button below to contact your MP now and ask them to vote no to these extreme changes to our law. It only takes 30 seconds using our easy-to-use tool.