The arguments for and against the proposed voluntary termination of pregnancy that were heard in the Senate did not present major surprises. Hours and hours of speeches were a already seen This permanent debate led to the Deputies’ debate two weeks ago and, of course, to that of 2018. However, the “handle” of the street slipped into Congress. Emotion overflowed the words of several green senators as they spoke of the urgency of achieving this right for women and, on the side of the celestial, some retrograde speeches raised the tone: This law “does not give any other option than the garbage dump for unborn children,” said a senator.
The emotion, The adrenaline, the nerves of feeling one step away from changing the history of many women in a country where clandestine abortion is naturalized, made many senators argue because they know, because they are militants, because they believe in the need for a public policy that prevents deaths avoidable, but they also spoke with a restrained voice until when naming the granddaughters or daughters or those who are no longer there, the emotion came over them. Senator Opening Norma Durango gave the kick. “Today is a day of hope”, started. Not only because of this project but because vaccination began and the Thousand Days Program will also be voted on, to accompany pregnant women. And he ended by saying that it has to be the law: “for our mothers, for our daughters, for our granddaughters. For all the women of our country ”. He also brought the place of men to the campus, said that if this were their subject decades ago it would be law, but, he stated: “The responsibility is unilateral. The woman cannot choose to be or not to be, she has to give birth even if she doesn’t want to. Enough of this patriarchal logic. Let’s stop being hypocrites. This project claims motherhood as a right, not as an obligation ”. Oscar Parrilli he also made a contribution in that regard. “Here we are 72, 44 men and 28 women. Most men vote against, most women vote for. I only describe, tell the story and the reality of what is happening “, he said and ended by saying that” surely the women senators are going to explain much better than me why it has to be law. ”
Maybe Nancy gonzalez it was one of the most moving. The Chubut senator wondered “Who carries on their shoulders the death of these women after having had the opportunity to give them a legal, safe and free abortion? “. “In 2018 it was late, today is later because the lives of these women are not recovered anymore. Ten days after we rejected the project, two women died and six children were orphaned by two clandestine abortions, ”he said. He also explained that he presented a repair project for children orphaned by abortion and they did not want to treat it. “I wonder, senators, with what face can you force a woman to give birth when that woman does not want it?” Finally, excited, she advanced her positive vote. “For my daughter, for my granddaughter,” he said and also “so that we never go back to parsley, to hangers, to clandestine garages, so that we never return to women being killed by clandestine abortion.”
The vote of Silvina Garcia Larraburu, from the Frente de Todos de Río Negro, was expected with expectation because in 2018 I had voted against. He began by telling the story of Marina, a woman who became pregnant and “her beliefs, values, her faith collided head-on with the future she had envisioned for her life.” She said that Marina had an abortion but “continues with her faith intact and does not dare to judge anyone. Marina believes in God, in a truly merciful God.” She also spoke of her own change. She learned a lot in these two years: ” Now we also know that this reflective process is called deconstruction. It is not easy to deconstruct oneself, the structures shake “. She recognized the paradigm shift promoted by feminisms and environmental struggles and advanced her vote “for a free woman.”
Two young senators arrived with loving and close speeches. The first was Eugenia Dure, from Tierra del Fuego. She said, like many predecessors, that it is a question of social justice. “We want to choose our life projectWe want to live in full freedom as men do, we want a present state ”, he assured. Then he said that in 2018 he was on the street, in the wake of the green tide, and as if he could still feel the agitation of that other vigil, he said: “I know what it is to be there with that love that surrounds us today. Tomorrow we will be there also in the streets to enforce this right … For us, the homeland is the other. ”The youngest senator in the campus, Eugenia Catalfamo, showed the book We are Belénby Ana Correa. “I can’t understand how even today in the 21st century we have to give in to a society that imposes a lifestyle on us,” he said. She explained that two years ago she was not present because she was pregnant with her first daughter. At that time, he said, “I received thousands of messages with the most offensive insults you can think of, including the request that I abort my own daughter”. Today the messages continue to arrive. Then he spoke of the need for more young people to join politics, since “when the half-sanction was given, the deputies millennial of the House, less than 38 years old, were mostly in favor. The same thing happens here ”. He also quoted Pino Solanas: “I don’t want a youth with panic.” “And as Belén asked us – he closed – let’s press the green button to make it law.”
The senator Ana Almiron, from the Frente de Todos (Corrientes), spoke in favor of abortion because “it is a right of all women”. “They cannot let the underground be cruel to the poor because they are the ones who cannot pay,” he said. “This law is social justice because it equates access to health for the rich and the poor; because it protects girls and young women; because it equates with empathy that inequality of origin with a present State preserving the health of all ”, he added.
In addition, the Corrientes legislator stressed the need for this project to be a law to end the idea of ”incubator women”, and reported that in her province “girls of 10, 11 and 12 years are forced to give birth.” “Carrying out a full pregnancy when it is unwanted is an act of torture, “he said.. And he recalled that “the northern provinces are those with the highest child fertility rates in the country.”
The most retrograde postures they were heard from senators from the northern provinces. Mario Fiad, senator for Together for Change, advanced with his arguments what would be repeated throughout the day. He started by talking about when existence begins: “It is unusual that we continue to get tangled up in what we are going to call that life”. He stated that they make “biased interpretations” to support their position. He also appealed to the strategy already revealed of standing more to the left at times than those who promote this project to expand rights. He said that “we are told that girls should not breastfeed, without a doubt… girls should not be abused. The project does not solve the problems, abuse and violence go into hiding ”. He also questioned the demands for speed posed by the project to provide care to a woman requesting an IVE because “there are so many health needs but abortion has to be carried out in ten days even though the life not only of the unborn child but also of other women who are waiting for a treatment in the same hospital ”.
Dalmacio Mera, from Catamarca, was perhaps one of the most archaic. It dates back to the year 1315, to the famine that afflicted Europe and to an economist who proposed to the king to kill half the population without thinking that he could be among those killed. Like that economist, now, Mera said, there is no plan B. All this to say that this project does not talk about the central person either: the unborn child. He also went back in his speech to the year 500 BC to say that the life and death of children could not be disposed of. Then he also said that the two joint laws (IVE and Thousand Days) reveal a “conceptual error: in one law ‘the desired children form a line’, in the other law ‘the unwanted children form a line’, the garbage dump. It does not give any other option than the garbage can for the unborn children ”. Going to the other extreme, he affirmed that this “law is not encouraged to decriminalize women, it continues to leave it in the Penal Code.” He also spoke of an “extraordinary” international lobby to which this law would respond to control the increase in the population of peripheral countries.
Religious beliefs flew all day long. The extreme was the senator of the Radical Civic Union María Belén Tapia who predicted a curse for Argentina if abortion was legalized: “God’s eyes are looking at the heart of each of the senators.”