Radical feminists marched Monday in the streets of Argentina to demand that abortion be legalized and paid for by taxpayers.
Argentina prohibits unborn babies from being aborted except in cases involving rape, severe disabilities or threats to the mother’s life. But lawmakers are considering a bill to legalize abortion up to 14 weeks of pregnancy; a vote is expected later this month, Telesur TV reports.
The march in Buenos Aires drew thousands of radical feminists together in support of legalized abortion. Local news outlets report they also demanded “free” abortions, meaning they want the government to force taxpayers to pay for them.
The march is held every year, but this year’s event focused heavily on abortion.
Telesur reports more:
This is Argentine’s fourth mass march against gender violence over that past three years and this one incorporated demands for free abortions. The demonstrators said they don’t want to become indebted paying to terminate a pregnancy and want the procedure to be safe so that there are “no more deaths from clandestine abortions.”
Between 370,000 and 520,000 abortions are carried out every year in secrecy in Argentina. About 49,000 women end up at the hospital because of complications related to unsafe surgeries.
But former abortion activists say these numbers often are vastly over-inflated. Pro-lifers also contend that legalizing abortion does not make it safer for the woman, it only allows back alley abortionists to practice openly.
The South American country has faced some of the most violent pro-abortion protests in the world. In 2013, a mob of abortion activists allegedly attacked pro-life people who were praying at the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista in San Juan de Cuyo.
In October 2017, they staged another violent, topless protest to demand taxpayer-funded abortions and cultural acceptance of prostitution. Local news reports indicate the pro-abortion protesters threw rocks, a Molotov cocktail, bottles, tampons and feces, as well as balloons filled with paint. They also vandalized walls with messages such as “Death to the pope” and “Lesbianize yourself.”
LifeNews reported about similar violent protests in 2015 and March 2017.
Argentina, like many other South American countries, has been facing intense international pressure to legalize abortion. Human Rights Watch, which receives funding from American billionaire George Soros, has been pushing its abortion agenda on Argentina for years.
Some of the strongest voices for unborn babies in Argentina are people who realize they could have been aborted. A man named Christian shared his story with lawmakers in May.
He said his mother had been raped at a very young age and became pregnant with him. Rather than consider abortion, she made an adoption plan with a family who she knew would take good care of him, he said.
“The question we should ask ourselves today is not when does life begin, but rather how much is a life worth. Let’s all allow other babies to be born, as I was able to be born, because otherwise I would have been another aborted baby,” Christian said.