Argentine women see legal abortion closer than ever

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Argentine women see legal abortion closer than ever

The Associated Press
Debora Rey
April 20, 2018

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Pushed by a wave of demonstrations by women’s groups, the homeland of Pope Francis seems closer than ever to legalizing abortion.

The protests and shifting public opinion have led conservative President Mauricio Macri to call for Congress to launch a debate on a broader legalization of abortion in Argentina, which currently allows the procedure only in cases of rape or risks to the mother’s health.

Continued: http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/argentine-women-see-legal-abortion-closer-than-ever

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Amnesty chief calls Latin America’s abortion laws violence against women

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Amnesty chief calls Latin America's abortion laws violence against women
Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s secretary general, urges Argentina and others to reform draconian legislation and says human rights have deteriorated across region

Uki Goñi in Buenos Aires
Sun 15 Apr 2018

Latin America’s draconian abortion policies have resulted in the needless deaths of thousands of women, said Amnesty International’s secretary general, Salil Shetty, as he called for a decisive push for legalization of the procedure across the region.

“The criminalization of abortion is an extreme form of violence against women. It doesn’t reduce abortions – it just makes them unsafe,” Shetty told the Guardian in Buenos Aires after a meeting with Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/15/latin-america-abortion-laws-violence-against-women-amnesty-international-salil-shetty

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Legal Abortion in Argentina? A Long Shot Is Suddenly Within Reach

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Legal Abortion in Argentina? A Long Shot Is Suddenly Within Reach

By DANIEL POLITI
APRIL 14, 2018

BUENOS AIRES — Lucía Bulat, a 19-year-old medical student, was dancing on the steps of the congressional palace in Buenos Aires as she looked out on a crowd of abortion rights demonstrators who had gathered in Argentina’s capital.

“It’s a beautiful day,” Ms. Bulat said on Tuesday. “We’re empowering ourselves and demanding our rights. We can’t let people keep telling us what we can and cannot do with our own bodies.”

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/14/world/americas/argentina-abortion-pope-francis.html

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Argentina’s Congress begins debate on legalising abortion

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Argentina's Congress begins debate on legalising abortion
A growing demand for changes in the law has led conservative President Mauricio Macri to soften his anti-abortion stance.

by Teresa Bo
April 11, 2018

Argentina's Congress has started public hearings on whether or not to legalise abortion.

The growing demand for legal changes has prompted conservative President Mauricio Marci, who previously declared himself as anti-abortion, to change his tune.

He says he will not stand in the way if lawmakers vote to relax abortion laws.

Continued: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/argentinas-congress-begins-historic-debate-legalising-abortion-180411100259722.html

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ARGENTINA – What’s been happening since the abortion law reform bill was tabled

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ARGENTINA – What’s been happening since the abortion law reform bill was tabled
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Mar 27, 2018

The tabling of the bill drafted by the Campaña por el Derecho al Aborto Legal, Seguro y Gratuito took place on 6 March in the lower House of the Argentine Congress.

Mariana Romero of Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad (CEDES) writes: “I was inside the Chamber that day. There were 116 representatives at the ‘informative session’ in which the process of consideration of this bill and several others that were tabled at the same time was presented. Of the 116 representatives present in the Chamber, 102 of them belong to one of the three Committees that will take evidence from “experts” and will vote on whether to take one or more bills to the full Chamber, as outlined below. The methodology for this process was presented, and it seems transparent. All in all, it was a very good day. For sure, the situation is new, and we have two months to lobby those who do not know how they are going to vote.”

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/argentina-whats-been-happening-since-the-abortion-law-reform-bill-was-tabled/

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ARGENTINA – Opinion poll shows 59% of Argentinians in favour of abortion law reform

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ARGENTINA – Opinion poll shows 59% of Argentinians in favour of abortion law reform; three Congressional committees will begin debate on 20 March 2018

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
March 20, 2018

On 20 March, members of three different committees in the Chamber of Deputies of the national Congress will start deliberations on abortion law reform. Along with the bill tabled by the National Campaign for the Right to Legal, Safe and Free Abortion, which takes abortion out of the criminal law and allows abortion on a range of grounds and was endorsed by 71 Deputies, other proposals tabled will also be discussed. The National Campaign is calling for supporters to gather outside the Congress building with the green handkerchiefs, which are the symbol of the Campaign.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/argentina-opinion-poll-shows-59-of-argentinians-in-favour-of-abortion-law-reform-three-congressional-committees-will-begin-debate-on-20-march-2018/

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‘Women in Argentina live in hell’: calls for legal abortion grow

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'Women in Argentina live in hell': calls for legal abortion grow
A groundswell of support for Argentinian women to be allowed terminations in the early weeks of pregnancy could soon culminate in a change to the law

Uki Goñi in Buenos Aires
Wed 14 Mar 2018

“When I tell people abroad that abortions are still illegal in Argentina, they say, ‘You must live in hell,’” says comedian Malena Pichot. “And yes, women in Argentina live in hell.”

The country has very restrictive abortion laws. Even when it is deemed lawful – in the case of rape, or when a woman’s life is in danger – doctors are often unwilling to proceed for fear of prosecution.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/mar/14/women-in-argentina-live-in-hell-calls-for-legal-abortion-grow

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‘Historic moment’: Abortion to be debated in Argentina’s Congress

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'Historic moment': Abortion to be debated in Argentina's Congress
Women's rights groups cautiously optimistic as more than 70 politicians introduce bill that would legalise abortion.

by Bala Chambers
March 9, 2018

Women's rights groups in Argentina are expressing cautious optimism after dozens of politicians introduced legislation that would legalise abortion.

The bill, introduced by more than 70 members of Congress on Tuesday, would allow women to have the procedure during the first 14 weeks of her pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/03/argentina-women-groups-optimistic-legalising-abortion-180309135053069.html

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ARGENTINA – Abortion law reform bill tabled in Congress: the outcome of a critical mass of support

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BREAKING NEWS: ARGENTINA – Abortion law reform bill tabled in Congress: the outcome of a critical mass of support

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
March 9, 2018

On 5 March at 17:50pm, the abortion bill of the Campaña Nacional por Aborto Legal, Seguro y Gratuito was tabled in the lower house of the Argentine Congress for the seventh time, but this time endorsed by 71 Deputies. Opening the press conference that day in the Members’ Annex, in a room overflowing with 200 supporters of the bill who were clapping and singing: “Legal abortion / in the hospital”, National Campaign chair Pamela Martín García said: “We wonder if this will be the last time this bill will have to be tabled before becoming law.”

“It is wonderful that the bill has been included on the parliamentary agenda. It is through the power of the feminist movement, women in action, and the appearance of the movement “Ni una menos” in the street,” said Marta Alanis of Catholics for the Right to Decide.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/breaking-news-argentina-abortion-law-reform-bill-tabled-in-congress-the-outcome-of-a-critical-mass-of-support/

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Argentina abortion: Referendum ‘on the table’, government says

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Argentina abortion: Referendum 'on the table', government says

6 March 2018

Argentina's centre-right government has, for the first time, said it would consider holding a referendum on legalising abortion.

It is "on the table", Cabinet Chief Marcos Peña said.

Meanwhile a bill put forward on Tuesday would allow women to terminate pregnancies during the first 14 weeks.

Continued: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-43308395

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