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Just two days before the vote in the Upper House of the bill that seeks to legalize the Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy (IVE), students of the Student Center of the National School of Buenos Aires they sent a letter to the Senate to demand that legislators approve the initiative.

“The countdown has already begun”, the young people celebrated in the letter entitled In decisive times, it is time for legal abortion, intended for male and female senators on the eve of the vote that will take place on December 29. The initiative, which will be the subject of debate this Tuesday, already has the half-sanction of the Chamber of Deputies, where on December 11 it received 131 votes in favor, 117 against and 6 abstentions.

“We are hours away from the National Senate, after two years, to discuss the Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy (IVE) project in the last days of a difficult year, which guaranteed that crisis and pandemic conditions are even worse for women and the diversity of our country“, said the students, noting that” there was no quarantine for the deepening of poverty, precariousness, school dropouts, violence and even less clandestinity. “

In the letter, the adolescents recalled that they are “the sector of our society most affected “by” not being able to access abortion freely “. “We are the ones who deny us the basic tools to take care of ourselves until today,” they explained, recalling that “the lack of effective implementation of secular and scientific sex education deepened during the quarantine, while violence and violence were reinforced. abuses within our homes. “

The young people took the opportunity to express their rejection of “institutional conscientious objection” and the “obligation of minors under 16 to be accompanied by an adult, knowing that the highest rate of unwanted pregnancies occurs in adolescence.”

The Student Center of the National School of Buenos Aires closed its letter with a clear message: “We are already encouraged to take the task of writing another story for women and all people with the capacity to gestate in Argentina in our hands. it’s up to the Senate. We demand that in their legislative work, the lives of those who abort must prevail above all else., and that he is in constant danger from lobbies and interests alien to our reality. ”

“Time has already shown that looking to the side only ensures death in our daily lives and that it is now to do something to stop it “, the students concluded.

The full letter

In decisive times, it is time for legal abortion.

The countdown has already started. We are hours away from the National Senate, after two years, to discuss the Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy (IVE) project in the last days of a difficult year, which guaranteed that crisis and pandemic conditions are even worse for women and the diversity of our country. There was no quarantine for the deepening of poverty, precariousness, school dropouts, violence and even less secrecy for us.

We came to this instance after two years where they turned their backs on millions and things only got worse since then: deaths in hiding increased, in turn domestic violence increased during isolation, and the cases of girls who after a rape they were forced to give birth. Young people, students, two years ago we have been taking in our hands the fight in defense of the expansion of rights that represents that abortion is legal, safe and free. The green scarf became a symbol of struggle that we wear every day in our clothing and we multiply it in street actions, massive scarves, caravans with social distancing and responsibility, and shots of schools. These tools led us to this debate to challenge the whole of society and to win the half-sanction in Congress for the second time.

We do not stand out in this fight because “it is fashionable.” As we have explained so many times, we are from the sector of our society most affected by not being able to access abortion freely. We are the ones who are denied the basic tools to take care of ourselves to this day. The lack of effective implementation of secular and scientific sex education deepened during the quarantine, while violence and abuse within our homes intensified. The vulnerability to which we are exposed is charged every day by a violent girl.

Given this, we tell you, Senators and Senators, that we cannot wait any longer. We propose to them that we know very well that at the beginning of the session they are playing with our rights from all the governing political forces that comprise it. We want to warn that no longer compliant with the restrictions that were introduced, they will affect the effective implementation of legal abortion. We repudiate, from institutional conscientious objection, to the obligation of minors under 16 years of age to be accompanied by an adult, knowing that the highest rate of unwanted pregnancies occurs in adolescence. A large part of the Juntos por el Cambio block raises the limitation until week 22 after having been the victim of a violation, which added to the request of Senator Alberto Weretilneck would imply further delays to the project and a possible return to the Chamber of Deputies of the same.

The anti-rights came to this debate with arguments enemies of science and medicine in order not to save any life but to continue to perpetuate the condemnation of those of us who are pregnant. Throughout this path that we traveled and at this point in the debate, it is undeniable that all these obstacles correspond to the great pressure that is exerted from the Vatican and from all the Catholic and Evangelical churches, to lobby in parliament in these decisive hours and try stop our fight.

Today we are still on time. We already dare to take on the task of writing another story for women and all people with the ability to gestate in Argentina. Now it’s up to the Senate. That is why we demand that in their legislative work the lives of those who abort must prevail above all things, and that they are in constant danger over lobbies and interests alien to our reality. The time has already shown that looking to the side only ensures death in our daily lives and that it is now to do something to stop it. This 29 we have a challenge: to mobilize massively with conscience and health care to knock on the doors of political power once more and to see that we are willing to make what we dream about; to end the clandestinity and do justice for those who are no longer there. It’s in our hands.

Let it be law!

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