Argentina Bill to Legalize Abortion May Fail After Senator Changes Her Mind to Vote Pro-Life

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 6, 2018   |   10:10AM   |   Buenos Aires, Argentina

The pro-life movement in Argentina has been fighting tooth-and-nail against legislation to legalize abortion. It got a bit of good news over the weekend as one member of the Argentina Senate has decided to change her mind and will vote pro-life against the bill to legalize killing unborn children in abortions.

Approved by Congress’ lower house on June 14, the bill sent to the Senate would legalize abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy and force religious hospitals to do abortions. The Senate vote takes place Wednesday but it will do so with one less senator supporting the bill in what was already thought to be a very close vote.

Per one report:

Prospects faded over the weekend for a bill that would legalize abortion in Argentina, when an opposition senator said she had changed her mind and would vote against the measure when it is brought to the floor on Wednesday. The proposal, which would expand abortion rights beyond current laws that allow the procedure only in cases of rape or when the mother’s health is at risk, passed the lower house last month by 129 votes to 125.

Doctors all across Argentina are fighting against a new pro-abortion bill that could punish them for refusing to abort unborn babies. Hundreds of doctors recently protested the legislation after it passed the lower house in June.

Argentina prohibits unborn babies from being aborted except in cases of rape, severe disabilities or threats to the mother’s life. But lawmakers are considering a bill to legalize abortions for any reason up to 14 weeks of pregnancy.

About 300 hospitals and medical groups across the country have announced their opposition to the legislation, in part, because of a lack of conscience protections. According to the report, private hospitals would not be allowed to opt out of aborting unborn babies under the bill.

During the protest, many doctors held signs with the message, “I’m a doctor, not a murderer.” Some said they would rather go to jail than kill unborn babies in abortions.

Argentina, like many 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, as has Amnesty International.

The South American country has faced some of the most violent pro-abortion protests in the world. In June, radical feminists marched in Buenos Aires to demand the government legalize the killing of unborn babies. 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.”

If the legislation is approved, Argentina will be the first nation to legalize abortion since a historic vote in Ireland to overturn its Eighth Amendment, which provided legal protections for unborn children. The homeland of Pope Francis would be one of the only nations in South America with legalized abortion on demand.