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Jair Bolsonaro “regretted” the legalization of abortion in Argentina: “As long as it depends on me, it will never be approved on our soil”

The President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro.  EFE / Joédson Alves
The President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro. EFE / Joédson Alves

The President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, “regretted” this Wednesday the legalization of abortion in Argentina, ensuring that “to the extent that it depends” on him, the practice “will never be approved” in the largest country in South America.

In a publication on his Twitter account, the president said that “the life of Argentine children is now subject to being ended in the womb of their mothers with the consent of the State.” And safe: “We will always fight to protect the lives of the innocent!”.

Bolsonaro’s statement came shortly after his foreign minister, Ernesto Araújo, will make a similar statement. Also through his social networks, the official criticized the decision of the Argentine Congress and described it as “barbarism.”

“Brazil will remain at the forefront of the right to life and the defense of the defenseless, no matter how many countries legalize the barbarism of indiscriminate abortion, disguised as ‘reproductive health’ or ‘social rights’, or whatever “, said.

His message was accompanied by a screenshot of an article from the Portuguese version of the newspaper The country on the historic vote, entitled “Argentina legalizes abortion and puts itself at the forefront of social rights in Latin America.”

Araújo's publication.  (Twitter @ernestofaraujo)
Araújo’s publication. (Twitter @ernestofaraujo)

In Brazil, abortion is not punishable only in cases of danger to the life and / or physical health of the mother, rape or when the fetus has anencephaly, a rare condition that prevents part of the brain and skull from developing.

Negative reactions were also recorded in Paraguay, where members of the Lower House of Congress held a minute of silence for the decision. As indicated by deputy Raúl Latorre, its promoter, the initiative was carried out “for the thousands of lives of Argentine brothers who will be lost before being born.”

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

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.


However, the criticisms contrast with numerous congratulations around the world. Among them was that of the Spanish president, Pedro Sánchez, who said that “Argentina is today a more feminist nation” and stressed that it is “a social demand that, after several years of struggle, is law.”

“Advancing in rights for women until reaching full equality is essential throughout the world,” added the Spanish leader.

In contrast to the regulations in force in Paraguay and Brazil -and most of the region- in Latin America abortion is authorized in Cuba, Guyana, French Guiana, Uruguay and Puerto Rico. In Mexico, meanwhile, it is approved in the capital and in the state of Oaxaca, since in that country this type of legislation is decided at the regional level.

Two years ago, during the government of former Argentine President Mauricio Macri, a similar bill failed to pass the Senate by just seven votes. Alberto Fernández, who has not had a close relationship with Jair Bolsonaro since taking office at the end of 2019, promised to legalize abortion during his presidential campaign.

After several months of tensions, in the last time the first approaches were made after the arrival of Daniel Scioli as ambassador in Brazil, where he is already established fulfilling functions.

The former Argentine vice president shared a dinner with Eduardo Bolsonaro and other diplomats in November. After it, he told the newspaper leaf that the conversations with the deputy were “informal and relaxed” and that Argentina intends to “focus on coincidences and a positive agenda with Brazil.”

At the end of November, Bolsonaro and Fernández had their first bilateral meeting in almost a year, within the framework of the celebration of the Argentine-Brazilian Friendship Day, which took place by videoconference and lasted about 40 minutes.

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The Brazilian Foreign Minister criticized the legalization of abortion in Argentina and described it as “barbarism”

Pedro Sánchez: “Argentina is today a more feminist nation”

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