How a Network of Activists Are Helping Women Get Abortions in Argentina During Coronavirus Lockdown

How a Network of Activists Are Helping Women Get Abortions in Argentina During Coronavirus Lockdown

By Ciara Nugent
May 1, 2020

These days, Ruth Zurbriggen finds herself having meetings at midnight. A university lecturer in the Argentine province of Neuquén, Zurbriggen spends her spare time helping other women get abortions in a country where the procedure is only legal in a few circumstances. Stuck at home because of a nationwide quarantine order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, women often need to speak at night, when their families or partners are asleep and can’t hear them talking about their decision.

Zurbriggen, 54, is a founding member of the Socorristas en Red (literally, Network of Lifeguards), a group of 504 activists spread across Argentina’s territory. The socorristas help women navigate the country’s health system, which, by law is meant to provide abortion in cases of rape or where the pregnancy is a risk to the health of the mother.

Continued: https://time.com/5830687/argentina-abortion-coronavirus/


Argentina – How Doctors And The Church Conspired To Stop An 11-Year-Old Girl From Having An Abortion After Rape

How Doctors And The Church Conspired To Stop An 11-Year-Old Girl From Having An Abortion After Rape
Lucía was raped at 11. Her family’s demands for a legal abortion became the center of a global firestorm — and she still doesn’t know the whole story.

Karla Zabludovsky, BuzzFeed News Reporter
San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina
Posted on April 13, 2019

SAN MIGUEL DE TUCUMÁN, Argentina — Lucía sat up in her hospital bed as the priest made the sign of the cross on her forehead, the 11-year-old’s bulging belly visible underneath her pajama shirt.

“Think long and hard about what you’re considering doing,” Lucía’s mother remembered the priest telling them. “Save both lives,” he said.

Lucía wasn’t sure what the priest was talking about. She only knew her grandmother’s partner had done something bad to her and now she had a terrible stomachache.

Continued: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/karlazabludovsky/argentina-lucia-catholic-church-abortion


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

'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