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Thousands join rallies across Argentina against new abortion bill

Thousands have 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 is 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 is being fast-tracked by President Alberto Fernández who introduced the bill as part of his campaign promise. A vote could take place as soon as the 10th December. This is the ninth time that a bill to legalise abortion has been introduced.

No popular mandate

If this legislation were to pass, Argentina would join 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 will be the ninth time a bill attempting to legalise abortion will be presented to the Argentine Parliament. This means that the legalisation of abortion has been rejected eight times, and these demonstrations make clear that the people of Argentina do not want abortion on this ninth occasion any more than they did on the previous eight attempts”.

Dear reader,

You may be surprised to learn that our 24-week abortion time limit is out of line with the majority of European Union countries, where the most common time limit for abortion on demand or on broad social grounds is 12 weeks gestation.

The latest guidance from the British Association of Perinatal Medicine enables doctors to intervene to save premature babies from 22 weeks. The latest research indicates that a significant number of babies born at 22 weeks gestation can survive outside the womb, and this number increases with proactive perinatal care.

This leaves a real contradiction in British law. In one room of a hospital, doctors could be working to save a baby born alive at 23 weeks whilst, in another room of that same hospital, a doctor could perform an abortion that would end the life of a baby at the same age.

The majority of the British population support reducing the time limit. Polling has shown that 70% of British women favour a reduction in the time limit from 24 weeks to 20 weeks or below.

Please click the button below to sign the petition to the Prime Minister, asking him to do everything in his power to reduce the abortion time limit.