Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it involves the topic of Abortion and the country of Argentina.
Argentina became the largest nation in Latin America to legalize elective abortion on Wednesday.
After a 12 hour session, the country’s Senate passed the law after midnight by a 38 to 29 margin just two years after a similar initiative fell short in a cliffhanger vote. The legislation, which President Alberto Fernández has vowed to sign into law in the coming days, guarantees abortion up to the 14th week of pregnancy and beyond that in cases of rape or when a woman’s health is at risk.
“Safe, legal and free abortion is now the law,” Fernández tweeted after the vote, noting that it had been an election pledge. “Today, we are a better society that expands women’s rights and guarantees public health.”
Hours before the Senate session began, the pope, who is revered throughout his homeland and has good relations with Fernández ’s Peronist government, weighed in, tweeting: “The Son of God was born an outcast, in order to tell us that every outcast is a child of God. He came into the world as each child comes into the world, weak and vulnerable, so that we can learn to accept our weaknesses with tender love.”
Emotions ran high ahead of the vote as well. The local Roman Catholic bishop’s conference issued a statement saying the measure “will deepen even further the divisions in our country” and said it lamented that the country’s leadership was distant from the dominant pro life sentiment across the nation. The group Pro-Life Unity said the date would be remembered “as one of the most macabre days in recent history.”
Argentina’s feminist movement has been demanding legal abortion for over 30 years and activists say the bill’s approval could mark a watershed in Latin America, where the Catholic Church has long dominated. Supporters cite official figures claiming more than 3,000 women have died from clandestine abortions in the country since 1983.