A city in Argentina flew its flags at half-mast over the weekend to mourn for the unborn babies who will be killed under their country’s new abortion law.
Explica reports Yerba Buena Mayor Mariano Campero declared three days of mourning for the “babies who will not be born” and ordered the city flags to be flown at half-mast after the law passed late last week. The city is located in the Tucuman Province in northern Argentina.
“We understand that this abortion law is unconstitutional. It was approved by a very small margin,” said Javier Jantus, secretary of institutional relations for the city. “… the vast majority of Argentines reject this law, which is one of the most permissive and cruel laws in the world.”
The Argentine Senate voted to legalize abortions on Dec. 31, following a vote in the House earlier in December. The law allows unborn babies to be aborted for any reason up to 14 weeks of pregnancy and later in cases of rape or dangers to the mother’s life or health. It allows girls over 13 to get secret abortions without their parents’ knowledge or consent and could force medical providers to either abort unborn babies or refer women to someone else who will.
President Alberto Fernández introduced the law in early 2020, arguing that it would end unsafe back alley abortions.
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But Jantus slammed the arguments for abortion as “childish and absurd,” according to the report. He said nothing justifies killing an unborn baby.
“Every day we witness robberies, rapes and murders that also are clandestine, and that is not why we must legalize them. On the contrary, we must condemn them,” he said.
On Friday, Jantus posted a photo on Facebook showing the flags in Yerba Buena at half-mast along with the caption, “My city in mourning.” On Twitter, he said abortion is not a right but a “suppression of rights” by “the elimination of people.”
Jantus said their city has recognized the Day of the Unborn Child on March 25 since 2012, and, in 2017, the city declared itself to be pro-life.
“Several organizations and other municipalities have contacted us to congratulate us and support us, and they told us that they will take similar measures,” Jantus said.
In the city of San Miguel, the capital of Tucuman, pro-lifers gathered Saturday in front of the courthouse with black balloons to protest for the unborn, according to Portal Prensa. They criticized the law for “legitimiz[ing] the death of the defenseless” and turning “a crime into a right.”
Meanwhile, abortion activists celebrated in the streets in the major cities, some dancing naked while singing and chanting.
“Safe, legal and free abortion is now the law,” President Fernández responded after the vote. “Today, we are a better society that expands women’s rights and guarantees public health.”
Fernández argued that legalizing abortion would help end unsafe abortions in Argentina. Some abortion advocacy groups claim as many as 40,000 women in the country have been injured or killed in illegal abortions.
But the claim is dubious. 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 evidence indicates that access to basic health care, not abortion, is what really helps improve women’s lives.
Most countries in Central and South America protect unborn babies from abortion. Until now, Argentina only allowed abortions in cases of rape or threats to the mother’s life. Abortion advocacy groups, backed by some of the richest men in the world, hope the vote in Argentina will prompt neighboring countries to legalize abortions as well.