February 28, 2021
Bogotá, Colombia – Abortion is a polarizing topic in Colombia, where it is against the law in most cases, but the legalization of the procedure in another South American nation has women’s rights activists here also hoping for a change.
In late December, Argentinian lawmakers voted 38 to 29 to make abortion legal until the 14th week of pregnancy. It was the first Latin American nation to fully legalize abortion, leading advocates to hope the decision will create a wave throughout the continent.
The pandemic put anticipated legislative progress on Argentina’s abortion reform on hold, but activists are determined to keep up the momentum.
Cora Fernández Anderson
July 9, 2020
Early in 2020, it appeared that the legalization of abortion was, at last, imminent in Argentina. After a long struggle by activists, the elements of a strong movement, favorable public opinion, and sympathetic allies in power all aligned in favor of finally reforming the 1921 criminal code that allows a legal abortion only under the narrow circumstances of rape or a threat to a woman’s life and health. Following last year’s general elections, support permeated the halls of power: a multi-party coalition in Congress, the presidents of the Senate and lower house, the heads of the congressional commissions charged with discussing the bill, and even the president of the country all supported reform.
But then, in early March, Covid-19 reached Argentina. The government declared a lockdown, and everything stopped—including the prospects of abortion reform.
Argentina Approves Abortion Drug After Rejecting Abortion Bill
Published 16 August 2018
Argentina's National Authority of Medicine, Food and Technology (ANMAT) has authorized Laboratorio Dominguez to produce the drug under the name MISOP 200 (200µg).
Argentina has green-lighted production of an abortion drug for institutional and hospital use, despite the government's recent rejection of a bill that would have legalized abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.
The drug, known as Misoprostol, is currently available by prescription in pharmacies and hospitals mixed with diclofenac and used for gastric purposes. Imported and pricey, it's beyond the reach of much of the population, even on the black market.