The president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, announced that this Tuesday he will send to Congress a bill to legalize the voluntary interruption of pregnancy and another that will create a program to strengthen comprehensive health care for women during pregnancy.
“The criminalization of abortion has been of no use, it has only allowed abortions to occur clandestinely in worrying numbers,” the president said in a video message broadcast through his official Twitter account.
It was always my commitment that the State accompany all pregnant people in their maternity projects and take care of the life and health of those who decide to interrupt their pregnancy. The State must not ignore any of these realities.#QueSeaLey pic.twitter.com/V7Lr6wBmuB
– Alberto Fernández (@alferdez) November 17, 2020
Legal, safe and free abortion – in Argentina abortion is only allowed if the pregnancy is the result of rape or the life of the mother is in danger – is a long-standing claim on the part of feminist groups, and although a project arrived to be approved in 2018 by the Chamber of Deputies, it did not obtain the approval of the Senate.