Thousands upon thousands of Argentinians urged lawmakers to reject a bill to legalize the killing of unborn babies in abortions Saturday during peaceful pro-life protests across the country.
The Buenos Aires Times reports thousands of protesters wore light blue and carried signs that read “Save Both Lives” and “March for the Unborn” as they gathered outside the National Congress building in Buenos Aires. Other pro-life protests also took place across the country.
The congress of Argentina is scheduled to begin debate this week on a bill to legalize abortions up to 14 weeks. President Alberto Fernandez introduced the pro-abortion bill earlier this month. It is the ninth attempt by abortion activists to legalize the killing of unborn babies in the South American country.
“Argentina has already said no to abortion, and today we say it again,” Raul Magnasco, president of The More Life Foundation, told Deutsche Welle.
He urged lawmakers to “respect our will. Their role is to represent the people. They should not be acting on their own convictions but enacting the will of the people.”
Currently, Argentina protects unborn babies from being killed in abortions. Exceptions are allowed in cases of rape or threats to the mother’s life. Most countries in Central and South America protect unborn babies from abortion, but Fernández wants Argentina to change that.
“Legalizing abortion saves women’s lives and preserves their reproductive capabilities, which are often affected by unsafe abortions, but it does not increase the number of abortions or promote them,” he said earlier this month.
None of this is true. Abortions destroy lives, they do not save them, and pro-abortion laws jeopardize the lives of more unborn babies by putting the government’s approval on killing them. Pro-abortion groups often overestimate the number of illegal and unsafe abortions that occur in countries across the world, and some have admitted to lying about the numbers. Growing research also indicates that access to basic health care, not abortion, is what really helps improve women’s lives.
On Saturday, Father Jorge Gómez, executive director of Aciera, the Christian Alliance of Evangelical Churches of Argentina, told the Times that leaders should focus on saving lives during the coronavirus pandemic and ending poverty, not pushing abortion.
“Argentine society needs unity to solve structural problems such as poverty,” he said.
According to Deutsche Welle, 150 pro-life organizations participated in the pro-life protests, including Catholic and evangelical Christian leaders.
Last week, Pope Francis wrote an open letter encouraging women in his native country to continue to speak out for unborn babies.
“Is it fair to eliminate a human life to solve a problem? Is it fair to hire a hitman to solve a problem?” the pope wrote, adding that the pro-life women “know what life is.”
Wide-spread public opposition stopped a similar bill from passing in 2018, and pro-life advocates hope to do so again. In 2019, approximately 2 million Argentines participated in the country’s March for Life in Buenos Aires. Thousands more protested in March after Fernandez first announced his plans to legalize abortion on demand.
However, pro-abortion groups, backed by some of the richest men in the world, continue to put intense pressure on Argentina and other countries to legalize abortion on demand