Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo criticized this Wednesday the decision of the Argentine Congress of approve the legalization of abortion.
“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 the diplomat in their social networks.
His message was accompanied by a screenshot of an article from the Portuguese version of the newspaper The country on the historic vote, titled “Argentina legalizes abortion and is at the forefront of social rights in Latin America.”
Araújo published that message hours after the Senate of Argentina approved in the early hours of this Wednesday a project that allows free access to abortion up to the 14th week of gestation, which was promoted by the government of Alberto Fernández.
The text, which had already been approved by the Deputies on December 11, received the votes in favor of 38 senators, 29 against and one abstention, after a 12-hour session and during which thousands of people, in favor or Against the law, they concentrated on the outskirts of Congress waiting for the result.
The project represents a strong change from the current situation – in which legal abortions are only allowed if the woman suffered a rape or is in danger of her life.
Once the law goes into effect, Every pregnant person will be able to access abortion in the health system, free and safe, until week 14 of gestation, and beyond that period in the two causes already allowed until now.
Those under 13 years of age may do so with the assistance of at least one of their parents or legal representative, while those between 13 and 16 will only need authorization if the procedure compromises their health and those over 16 may decide for themselves.
The law also advocates the responsibility of the State to implement the Comprehensive Sexual Education law and also updates the prison sentences with which people who cause abortion or consent to it being done outside the time limit and permitted grounds will be punished.
This is not the first negative reaction that the legalization of abortion finds outside the Argentine borders. Members of the Lower House of the Paraguayan Congress they held a minute of silence this Wednesday as a result of it. 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 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.
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.
In contrast, 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 the former Argentine president Mauricio Macri, a similar bill failed to pass the Senate by just seven votes. Alberto Fernández, who since he assumed command at the end of 2019 did not have a close relationship with Jair Bolsonaro, 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 what 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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