Victory for Argentina’s women as abortion charges are dropped

Hundreds of criminal cases could be halted following landmark change in legislation

Amy Booth in Buenos Aires
Sun 10 Jan 2021

Argentina has announced it will drop criminal charges against women accused of having abortions following the government’s historic decision to legalise the procedure.

The announcement offers hope to the mostly poor and marginalised women facing criminal sanctions. But lingering problems such as obstetric violence and sexism in the justice system show the struggle for reproductive justice is not over, according to campaigners.