For women unable to gain access to legal abortions, the Las Socorristas en Red network is an essential lifeline, providing them with guidance, support and care in their moment of greatest need.
June 27, 2020
Even in the middle of the night, Irina Percara’s phone is always on full volume. She never knows when she’ll need to be reached.
Irina, 24, is one of 450 activists that form Las Socorristas en Red, a network of feminist groups across Argentina that guide women through abortions using misoprostol, a drug that safely terminates pregnancies during the first trimester.
“We help women who need abortions do it without guilt, without judgment, and without putting their health and safety at risk,” the activist told the Times.
Argentine abortion activists unbowed in regional battle
August 9, 2019
One year after Argentina’s Senate defeated a bill to legalize abortion, the country’s feminists are keeping up the fight and leading Latin America’s struggle for abortion rights.
Apart from Cuba, Uruguay and Mexico City, voluntary abortion is illegal in Latin America, although it does take place, clandestinely, in conditions that are usually deplorable.
Argentina's Cartoonist Quino: 'My Mafalda Is Not Anti-Abortion'
Published 21 July 2018
"Images showing Mafalda wearing a blue scarf, which symbolizes opposition to the voluntary interruption of pregnancy law, are spreading... I demand it be removed," Quino said.
As the legal abortion debate gains traction in Argentina, artist Joaquin Lavado – known as Quino – has criticized anti-abortion groups for hijacking Mafalda, his most famous creation.
"Images showing Mafalda wearing a blue scarf, which symbolizes opposition to the voluntary interruption of pregnancy law, are spreading. I don't authorize it; it doesn't represent my stance, and I demand it be removed," Quino wrote in a public statement.