Legal abortion: two of the undecided senators anticipated that they will vote in favor and the sanction of the law is approaching

The debate in the Senate began at 4 p.m. and will continue into the early morning (Gustavo Gavotti)
The debate in the Senate began at 4 p.m. and will continue into the early morning (Gustavo Gavotti)

As of 9:30 p.m. the debate on legal abortion began to become transparent. From that time on, certainties began to flourish over the doubts that arose during the day. The five legislators who appear within the group of the undefined began to publicly expose their views on the bill.

The first to speak was Stella Maris Olalla (UCR), who had given no sign of his vote before the session. “Maintaining the ban will not eliminate the clandestine system that exists,” said the legislator before announcing that I would vote in favor of the law that legalizes abortion.

“It is a question of rights and that the State must choose whether or not to continue a pregnancy according to the will of the woman”He indicated, while highlighting that “the Argentine State is a secular state, as the Constitution says, which must be independent of religious issues.”

The second to present her position was Lucía Crexell from Neuquén. “Don’t change my personal beliefs or mindset about abortion. What I changed was the approach from which it should be approached. It is not about feminism or religion. Clandestine abortion is a cause that kills, hurts and writes very sad stories of this country. Stories that many refuse to see, “he said.

In that sense, he gave his verdict before confirming that he would vote in favor of abortion. “The drama of clandestine abortion is not indifferent to me. The law does not change the opponents at all because they will not have to appeal. Denying and denying the reality of so many abortions that exist in the country is a great act of hypocrisy ”,

Next to exhibit Sergio “Oso” Leavy (Front of All), Edgardo kueider (Front of All) and Oscar Castillo (Civic Front). Your votes are key to tipping the balance towards the “green” or “light blue” sector.

In the ruling party they have the information that Kuider and Crexell would vote in favor of legal abortion. Or, in the worst case, they would abstain. What they know is that they are not heavenly vows.

Vilma Ibarra and Ginés González García followed the session together from one of the boxes in the venue (Photo: Charly Diaz Azcue / Senate Communication)
Vilma Ibarra and Ginés González García followed the session together from one of the boxes in the venue (Photo: Charly Diaz Azcue / Senate Communication)

In a radio interview he gave nine days ago, Crexell hinted at the path he could follow today. He said that in principle he had had a “very anti-abortion” stance and that later he was “traveling, learning and changing” his position. “I am also a flexible person,” he explained.

There is greater uncertainty about Leavy’s vote. In 2018, she voted against abortion, but in recent weeks she assumed she was going to rethink her vote. It could go the same way as Crexell and Kueider. If the green win is assured, he could abstain and avoid drastically reversing his position.

Fernández was also in contact with the official senator Silvina Garcia Larraburu, who two years ago had voted against abortion. The woman from Rio Negro was the first legislator of the day to express a concrete change in her vote. “My vote is a deconstructed vote, my vote is positive”he said the moment he had to speak.

Alberto Fernández closely follows the treatment of the law.  Monitors it from Quinta de Olivos (Presidency)
Alberto Fernández closely follows the treatment of the law. Monitors it from Quinta de Olivos (Presidency)

President Alberto Fernández, who was in charge of communicating with the senators who were in doubt. By phone or in face-to-face meetings. The Salta legislator was received in his office at the Casa Rosada. The request for everyone he contacted was the same: that support the legalization of abortion.

Castillo did not give clear signals. Your vote will become increasingly important as the evening progresses and as the speakers go on. The legislators make uncertainty grow with their silence and play to gain importance within the debate or, in some cases, to measure the political cost that they will have to pay to accompany the project that the Casa Rosada promoted.

The President monitors the debate and the outcome of the negotiations from the Quinta de Olivos, where he stayed for most of the day. During noon he met with the Chief of Staff, Santiago Cafiero, who detailed the outlook at the beginning of the afternoon and then followed the session in communication with the head of the Legal and Technical Secretariat, Vilma Ibarra, and with the Minister of Women, Gender and Diversity, Elizabeth Gómez Alcorta. Both have been in the Senate since 4:00 p.m.

The Minister of Women, Gender and Diversity, Elizabeth Gómez Alcorta, informed the President about what was happening in the Senate (Gustavo Gavotti)
The Minister of Women, Gender and Diversity, Elizabeth Gómez Alcorta, informed the President about what was happening in the Senate (Gustavo Gavotti)

The Minister of Health was also in the Senate, Ginés González García, one of the main promoters of the law. The ministers were the same ones who were present during the debate in the Chamber of Deputies. The rest of the Cabinet, beyond supporting the law, was inclined to keep a low profile at the time of definition.

Another of the names to which they pay attention in the ruling party is that of the Cordovan senator from Together for Change Felix Martinez, which is not on the list of exhibitors and in 2018 voted in favor of abortion. What is the suspicion that revolves around you? That as part of a strategy of the macrismo he returned his vote to complicate the advance of the law supported by the national government.

In the Government they are convinced that the law to legalize abortion will come out smoothly at dawn on Wednesday. However, they repeat over and over the same phrase: “You have to count the votes.” They believe that there will be no surprises. The underground negotiations gave good results and three legislators who had not defined their vote were on the verge of joining the “green” sector. If this did not happen, they would not vote against. With that single gesture the Government is enough.

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