Final battle in Congress over legal abortion and pension adjustment

In one Chamber the project to legalize abortion, in the other the new pension mobility. It will be a intense year end in Congress, with street rallies for the debate on the voluntary interruption of pregnancy and the suspension of a open-ended parity scenario in the Senate. The Government will seek to obtain the sanction of this norm and also of the initiative to change the retirement formula in Deputies.

At the beginning of the session, scheduled for 4:00 p.m. in the Senate, the previous “poroteo” on how the vote for the legalization of abortion will be did not allow to ensure a result: the count was kept at a minimal advantage for “greens” -33 to 32-, still far from a determining difference. Promoted by Alberto Fernández and with Cristina Kirchner in favor, it is a transversal debate although the expectation is placed on the movements of the ruling party to tip the balance towards positive votes.

For the new retirement formula – it proposes to update the salaries four times a year according to the variation of salaries, tax collection and total income of the ANSeS – the Frente de Todos will try to reach the number with the Accompaniment of allies and Cordovan deputies referenced in Juan Schiaretti. The legislators of Together for Change announced that they will reject it. The session in Deputies is scheduled for 11.

Treatment in the Senate is outlined with two absent (José Alperovich, denounced for rape, and Carlos Menem, interned) and the eyes set on five legislators who did not advance their position: the Entre Ríos Edgardo Kueider and the Salta Sergio Leavy of the Frente de Todos; Lucila Crexell from Neuquén and Stella Maris Olalla from Entre Ríos from Together for Change and Alberto Weretilneck from Rio Negro, an ally of the ruling party.

A meeting of Alberto Fernández with Leavy was like the emblematic case of government “pressure” and was criticized by the detractors of the project: the Salta was going to vote against and then assured that he would analyze his decision. The “greens” in turn complained about the Church “lobby” and other sectors. Silvina Larraburu from Rio Negro -he had rejected in 2018- confirmed that this time she will support. On the other hand, José Mayans – head of the Frente de Todos bloc – will be one of the critics of legalization.

Some opponents raised objections to specific articles, among them the Cordovan Ernesto Martínez and Laura Rodríguez Machado. Weretilneck also requested modifications to accompany the complete project. Among the main ones, that the voluntary interruption of pregnancy be limited until week 22 of gestation for raped women over 13 years of age and adjust the wording for cases after week 14. The text enables it when “life is in danger or the integral health of the pregnant person ”.

Government officials proposed to make corrections in the regulation, with the aim of preventing the treatment from returning to deputies. There it came out with some ease – there were 131 votes in favor, 117 against and six abstentions – but the intention of the Casa Rosada and the green sector is not to prolong the debate.

In the previous one, the version ran that Together for Change, at the request of Mauricio Macri, I would force back into review to the Lower House so as not to allow the Government a reason to celebrate. Luis Naidenoff and Humberto Schiavoni, block authorities, they denied it.

I think we are fine, but there is a lot of pressure and that generates nerves “One of the promoters of the project was confident and prudent at the same time. “There are government tightening and many versions. If you are guided by rumors, the portion changes from time to time. It is going to finish defining it in the session ”, a legislator opposed to legalization left the stage open. In case of a tie, Cristina Kirchner will define.

A long debate is expected, between 10 and 12 hours -the Thousand Days Program will also be discussed-, so it is estimated that the vote will be during the early hours of Wednesday. In the vicinity of the Congress there will be vigils and mobilizations for and against the project. Coordinated between the Nation and the City, the security operation will provide spaces for each sector -the “green” ones over Callao and Rivadavia, the “celestial ones” in Entre Ríos and Hipólito Yrigoyen-, each one with its stages and screens, and a separate lung of about 100 meters. Members of the Federal Police will guard the Palace and the entrances (from the fences to the Congress) and those of the City Police will guard the square and the surroundings.

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