Hostilities from abortion advocates in Argentina continue to mount with the mid-July release of a graphic video game.
The South American country currently is considering legislation to legalize abortion on demand. Argentina currently prohibits unborn babies from being aborted except in cases involving rape, severe disabilities or threats to the mother’s life.
According to Crux, the new video game, “Doom Fetito,” has players race to procure an abortion-inducing drug by battling Catholic priests, Nazi-like police and pro-life women. Once those “opponents” have been conquered, players are supposed to kill “the boss,” which is an unborn child, in the “Doom”-style game.
The game developer said she was inspired to mock Argentina’s pro-life movement after seeing pictures on Twitter of a 20-foot cardboard baby during recent Argentine pro-life rallies, according to the report.
After players defeat the “villainous” child, the game displays the message: “You defeated fetito! Give this misoprostol to those in need so they might defeat it, too!” Misoprostol is an abortion-inducing drug that could become easily accessible in pharmacies if Argentina passes the pro-abortion bill. The Senate is scheduled to vote Aug. 8.
Aside from making abortifacients more accessible, the bill also would legalize abortion on demand until the 14th week of pregnancy, and in some cases, make the deadly procedure accessible until the ninth month.
Misoprostol may be the drug awarded to players once they beat the game, but in reality, the drug hurts lives more than it helps them. In 2011, the World Health Organization advocated for the use of misoprostol outside of a hospital setting to induce abortions, which is incredibly dangerous. Research indicates the drug fails a quarter of the time, and women often still require medical attention.
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Keila Jones, a 17-year-old Argentine girl, died of internal bleeding in 2017 after being administered misoprostol to induce an abortion, according to Crux. Jones’ mother is now suing the doctor who administered the drug, arguing that Jones was a minor and should have had parental approval.
The requirement for parental approval could change, however, if the Argentine bill passes in August. Girls as young as 16 could have an abortion without consulting their parents or the child’s father if the legislation passes, according to the report.
Even though crude games are being made in support of abortion in Argentina, there is a strong outcry from those who defend life. A vocal pro-life group that has been taking action to protect unborn lives are Argentina’s “villero priests.” This ministry, which was strongly supported by then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio (now Pope Francis), announced last week that it will open homes for adolescent and young single women facing pregnancies in challenging situations. The outreach will be called “Home of the Maternal Hug.”
“We want to give a concrete response to the needs of our slums and popular neighborhoods, where life is welcomed despite the difficulties,” the priests wrote. “Each pregnancy, each girl and boy, is waited for and received as a gift, with the hope of a different, better future.”