Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Argentina on the edge of debate for legalization of abortionBuenos Aires, Dec. 9.- With a vigil of women’s groups in front of Congress, it is expected today with great expectation that the plenary of commissions of the Argentine Chamber of Deputies will issue an opinion on the Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy (IVE) project.

This step will formally give shape to the discussion in a debate expected by hundreds of women since 2018, when the abortion law fell in the Senate after great advances and its approval in the lower house.

After listening to 70 speakers last week, for and against the initiative sent to Congress by the Executive of , today the representatives of the commissions must leave this project and the Thousand Days project ready, consisting of the payment of an economic amount once a year, for each boy or girl under three years of age.

Today we will be in Congress to accompany the opinion and tomorrow we propose a vigil day in the main squares of the country, until the end of the session, with more than 500 organizations, announced from the National Campaign for legal, safe and free abortion.

It is expected that after the ruling on Wednesday, the debate will be followed by screens located on the outskirts of Congress and some anticipate that the discussion could last more than 30 hours.

According to the El Parlamentario portal, everything is ready for debate. Before that, there will be another meeting of the Health and Budget commissions for the Thousand Days project for joint discussion.

While waiting for a law that they consider urgent, several women’s groups will follow a journey that they already consider historic due to a law that they have been crying out for for more than 15 years.

The demand for the legal interruption of pregnancy has grown in the last two years after the project fell in the Upper House on August 8, 2018 and, although there are still many voices in defense of the right to life, today there are many more to favor of abortion. (PL) (Photo: File) 

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