The 11-year-old Argentine girl is not alone. Latin America’s abortion laws are a form of torture.
By Erika Guevara-Rosas, Amnesty International
March 5, 2019
When two gynecologists performed an emergency Caesarean section on an 11-year-old rape survivor at the Eva Perón public hospital in Tucumán, Argentina, last week, they saved the girl from a potentially fatal situation authorities should never have put her in — one that is all too common across Latin America.
The girl was reportedly raped by her grandmother’s partner and admitted to a hospital in January after discovering that she was 19 weeks pregnant. She and her mother promptly requested an abortion, which is legal in Argentina in cases of rape or when the woman or girl’s life or health is in danger. But the authorities repeatedly refused to practice an abortion, using a range of delay tactics for almost five weeks to effectively force her into carrying the pregnancy to term against her and her mother’s will.
Argentina’s Abortion Vote Was a Stepping Stone Not a Setback
By Mariela Belski/Buenos Aires
August 10, 2018
Late Wednesday night, Argentina’s Senate voted against legalizing abortion during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. After a marathon 16-hour debate, senators decided to reject a law that would have saved countless lives. For now, people who need to terminate pregnancies in Argentina will have to continue to risk death or incarceration.
But something has irrevocably changed.
That night, hundreds of thousands of people, mostly women, stood together in the streets outside the Senate in Buenos Aires. We stood there for hours in the rain, wearing the emerald green handkerchiefs that have become the symbol of the pro-choice movements that are sweeping Latin America.
Argentina's abortion campaigners brace for crucial vote
Legislators to decide whether to legalise abortion amid fiercely polarised campaigns for and against the proposed bill.
Aug 8, 2018
Argentina's legislators are due to vote on whether to legalise abortion amid fiercely polarised campaigns for and against the proposed bill.
Tuesday's vote comes a week after the Senate approved the text for the bill that was originally passed by Congress' lower house in June by the narrowest of margins.
Argentina: The Outcome
8 August 2018
Today’s the day: a matter of life and death for women
It’s the 8th of August, 10am, the day the vote will be taken on the bill that was passed by the House of Deputies several months and thousands of words and actions in support of law reform ago. Our friends in the country told us on the 1st of August that the debate in the Senate over the past days and weeks has been far more aggressive and extreme, mostly because anti-abortion activists are more active and preparing to go to court if the bill is approved. Some are pushing for the rejection of the bill altogether. Others have proposed a number of amendments.
An article on ABC News on 1 August, reporting on the response of the medical profession to the bill, quoted Health Minister Adolfo Rubinstein as saying recently. "Beyond all the moral dilemmas, abortion exists and it's a problem that we must face." They also reported that the prestigious Argentina Medical Society have endorsed the bill “because it will reduce deaths among the estimated 400,000–500,000 women who now have clandestine abortions each year”.
Argentina’s abortion debate mirrors Ireland in every respect bar one
Unable to travel from Argentina for an abortion, 3,000 women have died since 1983
Aug 7, 2018
A very welcome Bill will soon come before the Oireachtas in Ireland, effecting a transformation of Ireland’s provision of abortion services. A very important Bill is also before the Argentinian senate right now, proposing to decriminalise abortion up to 14 weeks of pregnancy and thereby guarantee access to safe abortion services. We in Amnesty International Argentina are calling for the senate to vote for its adoption.
There are many similarities between our two countries in the context of abortion. Therefore, we are heartened that a group of 60 Irish parliamentarians from both Seanad Éireann and Dáil Éireann, across almost all political parties and groups, have signed a letter to the Argentinian senators urging a vote in favour of the Bill.
The Senate in Argentina must vote to decriminalize abortion
by Mariela Belski
August 6 2018
Mariela Belski is the executive director of Amnesty International Argentina.
Argentina is only days away from becoming a role model in Latin America and the world in the cause of advancing the human rights of women and girls. For that to happen, however, the country’s senators must vote Wednesday on a bill to decriminalize abortion.
On June 14, the Chamber of Deputies approved a bill that would allow women to terminate pregnancies during the first 14 weeks, in a historical vote that saw of the biggest street demonstrations of women claiming for their rights in the country’s history. The issue is certainly divisive, but there has been a healthy debate and President Mauricio Macri has said he will respect the results of the vote in Congress.
Argentinian Doctors Are Protesting Abortion Legalization & It Shows How Contentious The Issue Is
By Monica Busch
Aug 1, 2018
Although there has been considerable progress over the years, in most corners of the world, abortion remains a divisive, contentious topic. This remains the case in Argentina, where even some doctors are protesting legalizing abortion procedures. Like anywhere else where the topic is debated, Argentinian doctors against the procedure argue that they believe they would be complicit in ending a human life.
As of now, abortion is only legal in Argentina in circumstances of rape, or when there is a severe risk to a pregnant woman's health. The doctors demonstrating in Argentina this week are protesting a bill that would legalize abortions up to 14 weeks of gestation. That bill already passed in the government's lower house on June 14, albeit by a slim, four-vote majority. Even then, the successful vote only took place after 22 hours of debate, NPR reports.
Women In This Country Face 4 Years In Prison For Getting An Abortion
The law could finally be about to change however.
June 15, 2018
The lower house of Argentina's congress has narrowly approved a bill that would legalise abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. Photo: AFP / Eitan Abramovich
For weeks, Argentina has been in a state of contention surrounding a bill that proposes to legalise abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.
Abortion is currently illegal in the South American nation in all situations except in cases of rape or when the life or health of the woman is at risk. Women seeking terminations also have to apply to a judge for permission, which critics argue can unnecessarily delay the procedure.