Kara Fox, CNN
Published Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Argentina could make history on Tuesday, as its Senate votes on a bill to legalize abortion.
The procedure has long been a divisive issue in the Catholic-majority country, with the impending vote galvanizing activists on both sides of the debate.
Campaigners for abortion rights and anti-abortion protesters have both organized demonstrations in front of the Palace of the Argentine National Congress in Buenos Aires where the vote will take place.
Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández has made the rights of women and of gay and transgender people central to his government, even through a recession and a pandemic.
By Daniel Politi
Dec. 11, 2020
BUENOS AIRES — Argentine lawmakers took a major step on Friday toward legalizing abortion and fulfilling a promise of President Alberto Fernández, who has made women’s rights a central tenet of his government.
The bill’s approval in Argentina’s lower house of Congress by 131 to 117 votes, after more than 20 hours of debate, was a legislative victory for Mr. Fernández, who has dedicated funding and political capital to improving conditions for women and for gay and transgender people, even as Argentina wrestles with the biggest financial crisis in a generation. The bill would still need to pass through the Senate to officially legalize abortion in the country.
President Alberto Fernández has confirmed that he will send a bill to legalise abortion in Argentina to Congress imminently. Here’s how the numbers shape up ahead in the upper house of an era-defining vote.
Oct 31, 2020
Frustrated in 2018 by defeat in the Senate; postponed at the end of 2019 due to
the general elections; suspended again this year due to the coronavirus
pandemic – the campaign to legalise abortion in Argentina has once again
returned to the government’s agenda, with President Alberto Fernández vowing to
send the bill to Congress before the year is out.
Once again, the numbers in the Senate are the key challenge if the Peronist
leader is to honour his campaign promise to legalise abortion. In August 2018, the Senate rejected the
abortion bill by a 38-31 vote with two abstentions. The difference this time
around looks to have narrowed since then but doubts persist – the government is
sure to be crunching numbers before taking the final step of sending its bill
‘It is not a crime’: The women behind North’s abortion law change
Pro-choice campaigners say there is much yet to do, but for now they are celebrating
Oct 26, 2019
Two years ago, a Belfast woman told Danielle Roberts what she had told no one else – that she had had an abortion.
“She closed the kitchen door in her own house before she would say to me that she had taken abortion pills,” says Roberts.
Campaign launched to abolish old law which means abortion is still technically illegal in England, Scotland and Wales
Oct 26, 2019
A campaign has been launched to abolish an old law which means abortion is still technically illegal in England, Scotland and Wales.
In the wake of decriminalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland earlier this week, campaigners say England, Scotland and Wales now have "the most draconian abortion laws in the union".
Women from across two countries march through Belfast for abortion rights
The march was organised to follow on from International Women's Day, and organisers say women's rights are being denied
Saturday March 9th 2019
Hundreds of women have marched through Belfast demanding liberalised abortion rights, bringing the city centre to a standstill just a day after International Women’s Day.
Northern Ireland’s biggest political party, the DUP, which in Westminster supports Theresa May’s minority government, supports restrictions on terminations and has prevented change in the past.
Abortion rights campaigners flood the streets of Buenos Aires
Thousands of women rally in front of Argentina's Congress to relaunch campaign for legal abortion.
20 Feb 2019
Thousands of women rallied in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires on Tuesday to relaunch a campaign for legal abortion after an abortion rights bill suffered a setback in the Senate last year.
Waving green handkerchiefs, women chanted and held banners that read, "We all abort, the rich girls stay quiet, and the poor die."
Abortion rights campaigners flood the streets of Buenos Aires for election-year protest
February 19 2019
Hundreds of women gathered in front of Argentina’s Congress on Tuesday to protest with handkerchiefs in favour of the legalisation of abortion during election year in the South American country.
Abortion is legal in Ireland—but the fight isn’t over
Groups like ours helped fight for inclusive, accessible healthcare. Together, we achieved a culture change. But there's a phenomenal amount still to do
by Anna Carnegie
January 10, 2019
Last year, on May 25th 2018, the Irish public voted emphatically to repeal the country’s constitutional ban on abortion and enable the passage of legislation to provide abortion on request up to 12 weeks of pregnancy, and in limited circumstances thereafter.
The months since the referendum were a whirlwind of court challenges, parliamentary debates, marches, and media coverage. Finally, on the 13th December, the Irish senate passed the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Bill 2018, paving the way for a new law and signifying a much welcome, and long overdue, step forward. On the 20th, President Michael D Higgins signed the bill into law.
Abortion for a select few wasn’t the goal when we campaigned to repeal the eighth – but that’s exactly what’s happening
Now that it’s emerged that Northern Irish people seeking abortion services in the republic will have to pay €450, it’s clear this isn’t the end of the fight for legalisation in Ireland
Jan 7, 2019
In May of last year, when Ireland voted for legalisation of abortion in its historic referendum, pro-choice campaigners on both sides of the Northern Irish-Irish border celebrated. The campaign to repeal the eighth amendment (the law that previously made abortion illegal in Ireland) had begun as a grassroots movement, culminating in a mass cultural shift led by both Irish and Northern Irish activists.
Many in the north, particularly those in border counties, canvassed in the republic, held fundraisers and rallies, and threw themselves behind pushing for a Yes vote despite not being able to vote in the referendum themselves.