Argentina is on the verge of making history as the first major Latin American country to legalize abortion.
Its 72-member Senate supporter will call on Tuesday to debate a bill approved by the lower house earlier this month to the delight of the supporter of the bill.
Pro-choice and anti-abortion campaigners will gather on Tuesday afternoon in the plaza near the Congress Building in Buenos Aires and remain there until the early hours of Wednesday when a vote is expected.
Argentine media projections suggest that the “Green” camp pushing for change holds a slim advantage over its “blue” opponents: 33 senators reportedly plan to reverse the law while 32 will vote against it . Five senators are officially unspecified.
Marilya Belsky, executive director of Amnesty International in Argentina, said she believed the “voluntary interruption of pregnancy” bill would be approved, sending a strong message to a region with some of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws. “The numbers look great,” he said.
Belsky said she was very excited and excited about what would be the culmination of a decade-long struggle by women rights activists.
“The day after tomorrow will be better than ever in this country.” “This country will be better for my daughter and younger generations, so I’m really glad it’s going to happen.”
Claudia Pineiro, A writer and pro-choice activist, said: “It will be an outlandish and unforgettable moment that we are waiting for at the end of a very difficult year for everyone.
“I only hope that the Senate finds that there is no turning back now.” The women’s movement will not allow them to make any decisions about our bodies, our health, or will force us to resort to clumsy abortions.
“We still have to endure the absurd arguments of him that we need children to populate the nation, as if we were nothing more than fertility machines, nothing more than a uterus.” This is going to change tomorrow. I have no doubt about it. “
A previous attempt to legalize abortion was voted on by the Argentine Senate in August 2018, with several then-president Mauricio Macri blaming failure to support the change.
This time, however, the country’s leftist leader, Alberto Fernandez, and his vice president, Christina Fernandez de Kirchner, championed the law and were reportedly battling to convince senators to withdraw the bill.
Political analyst Andres Malmud said that two important things have changed since the 2018 vote. “One is that the government now has a majority in the Senate,” he said. “And the second most important thing is that Argentina’s current president Alberto Fernandez is behind the bill, because legal abortion was an election promise.”
Although activists are optimistic, Malmud said it would be impossible to predict the outcome until the last minute.
Although the government holds a majority vote, some of its senators will likely vote against the bill. The result would then depend on the pro-abortion minority within the opposition’s block, who are delaying announcing how they would vote to deny the political success of passing abortion for as long as possible. “