Deputies of Paraguay made a minute of silence for the legalization of abortion in Argentina

The minute of silence in the Chamber of Deputies of Paraguay this Wednesday (Courtesy ABC Color)
The minute of silence in the Chamber of Deputies of Paraguay this Wednesday (Courtesy ABC Color)

The Argentine Senate approved in the early hours of Wednesday a project that allows free access to abortion until the 14th week of pregnancy and the news He traveled the world generating many statements of support and many others of repudiation. And among the different reactions, the one from the deputies of Paraguay, a country neighboring Argentina, has drawn special attention.

The legalization of abortion in Argentina produced this Wednesday an intense debate in an extraordinary session of the Lower House of the Paraguayan Congress it is included a minute of silence was held “for the thousands of lives of the Argentine brothers who will be lost before being born”, as explained by deputy Raúl Latorre, who proposed that this sign of mourning be carried out.

This Chartist parliamentarian (from the Colorado Party that responds to former President Horacio Cartes) was also seconded by Deputy Basilio “Bachi” Núñez (also a Chartist), who described the new Argentine law as tragic and remarked that the Chamber of Deputies of Paraguay declared itself “pro-life” and “profamily” and that is why he had to pronounce on what happened in Buenos Aires.

Most of the Paraguayan deputies witnessed the session by videoconference due to the pandemic
Most of the Paraguayan deputies witnessed the session by videoconference due to the pandemic

In Paraguay, abortion and its attempt are criminalized, with a sentence of up to five years and it is only authorized to interrupt a pregnancy when there is a risk of life for the mother.

On the other hand, according to the newspaper ABC ColorAmong those declared against this minute of silence during the session is the legislator Celeste Amarilla, who warned that it is also anti-abortion but said that she was opposed to the populism that her peers wanted to take advantage of “Hanging from abortion, hanging from populism”. And he said that, in his opinion, the most serious thing would be to make a minute of silence for the victims of the coronavirus in the country, the inefficiency of the Government of Mario Abdo Benítez, poverty and lack of education.

A milestone in Latin America

Argentina marked a milestone for the feminist movement this Wednesday by becoming the largest country in Latin America to legalize abortion. Previously endorsed by the Chamber of Deputies, the Senate approved the law that authorizes the voluntary interruption of pregnancy until the 14th week of gestation by 38 votes in favor, 29 against and one abstention, after a session of more than 12 hours that was followed live outside Congress by thousands of women for and against.

Protesters in favor of the legalization of abortion outside the Argentine Congress, while senators debated the norm, in Buenos Aires on December 30, 2020 (REUTERS / Agustin Marcarian)
Protesters in favor of the legalization of abortion outside the Argentine Congress, while senators debated the norm, in Buenos Aires on December 30, 2020 (REUTERS / Agustin Marcarian)

Argentina thus joins a small list of countries and jurisdictions that allow the interruption of pregnancy and that includes Uruguay, Cuba, Mexico City, the Mexican state of Oaxaca, the Antilles and French Guiana.

President Alberto Fernández expressed his satisfaction and pointed out that society is “better by expanding rights to women and guaranteeing public health.”

The organization Amnesty International celebrated the “achievement, which serves as an inspiration for other countries in the region and the world to advance in the recognition of access to legal and safe abortion.”

Argentine law establishes that women and other people “with gender identities capable of gestation” have the right to access the voluntary interruption of pregnancy until week 14. After this period, abortion will be legal only in cases of pregnancy due to rape or risk of life for the pregnant woman.

Clandestine abortions have caused more than 3,000 deaths in the country since 1983, according to the authorities. Every year around 38,000 women are hospitalized for poorly performed procedures.

With AP information

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