By Dave Andrusko
A clearly unhappy correspondent for Reuters reported earlier today that “Argentine abortion bill loses momentum after senator pulls support.”
Hugh Bronstein begins his story noting
Prospects faded over the weekend for a bill that would legalize abortion in Argentina, when an opposition senator said she had changed her mind and would vote against the measure when it is brought to the floor on Wednesday. …
The about-face by Senator Silvina García Larraburu brought to 37 the number of expected no votes, amounting to a majority in Argentina’s 72-member Senate.
As NRL News Today reported previously [here and here], the bill, which had already passed the Chamber of Deputies 129-125, would legalize abortion on demand for the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. “Abortion is currently allowed in case of rape or when the life or health of the woman is at risk,” according to the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues.
“Garcia Larraburu told local media her change of mind ‘has to do with my most intimate convictions,’” Bronstein wrote. Elsewhere in the story he attributed the close vote in the Senate to “religious activists, particularly in rural parts of the country” and (what else?) “as a distraction from the country’s troubled economy,” a characterization the government of President Mauricio Macri flatly denied.
Bronstein does manage to add near the end of his story that “On Saturday, tens of thousands of opponents of the bill demonstrated around Buenos Aires’ mid-town obelisk, shutting down traffic on the city’s main thoroughfare Avenida 9 de Julio.”
As the Parliamentary Network for Critical Issues previously explained
Pro-abortion mobilization had organized under the theme of a “green wave” with lawmakers and pro-abortion activists holding green scarves. The usual international pro-abortion NGOs were active in the lobby effort including IPPF, Human Rights Watch and ‘Catholics for Choice’.
Pro-abortion lawmakers made references to radical abortion recommendations from UN treaty bodies including the recent UN report by the Committee on the Rights of the Child which said that Argentine teenagers between the ages of 13 and 16 should have access to abortion. The report recommended the government provide “access to safe abortion services and postabortion care for adolescents, ensuring that their opinions are always heard and duly taken into account as part of the process of decision making.”