Argentina is buckling under outside pressure from abortion activists as they consider a bill and a referendum to legalize abortion.
On Tuesday, 70 of Argentina’s Congress members presented a bill to allow elective abortions up to 14 weeks gestation, BBC.com reports. Simultaneously, Cabinet Chief Marcos Peña said a referendum on legalizing abortion is “on the table.”
The self-proclaimed pro-life President Mauricio Macri approved the congressional debate on abortion legalization, despite his personal unwillingness to relax the bans on abortion.
Currently, Argentina allows abortions in cases of rape, risk to the mother’s health, or severe disabilities in the unborn baby.
Mothers seeking abortions under the current law must have permission from judges. France 24 reports judges and doctors do not often grant those requests, even though Argentina’s Supreme Court attempted to remove judges from the decision-making process in 2012.
Al Jazeera reports the Catholic Church is leading the opposition to the proposal. This opposition is strong enough that the success of this bill is unclear.
However, Argentina also has its abortion activists who are proclaiming their support for the bill.
“This is the seventh time we’ve presented this project, and for the first time it is being debated in Congress. That’s why we’re happy,” Martina Ferretto, a pro-abortion campaigner, told Al Jazeera.
“It includes the possibility of having an abortion until 14 weeks of pregnancy. We’ve been fighting for years for something like this to happen,” she added.
These activists are not the only ones pushing abortion on this pro-life country.
Multi-billionaires like George Soros provide international organizations like the Human Rights Watch (HRW) funding to pressure pro-life countries to legalize abortion.
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Life News reported in 2010, the HRW claimed that Argentina’s abortion bans violate international treaties, even though none of the cited treaties mention abortions. In fact, those treaties were originally ratified by pro-life countries, and one treaty expressly states that “every child has the inherent right to life.”
Incidentally, Soros also is the unseen force behind pro-life Ireland’s abortion debates.
Abortion activists have framed debate in Argentina around protecting the 49,000 women who they say are hospitalized each year from unsafe abortions. France 24 reports abortion activists use this slogan: “Contraceptives to avoid aborting and legal abortions to avoid death!”
However, legalizing abortion will not necessarily address this problem. Abortion activists ignore safety procedures, mothers are hospitalized or die, and babies are killed both before and after they are born—all in the United States, where abortion is legal.
Hopefully Argentina will stand with the other countries that have maintained their pro-life stance amid international pressure.