Cristina Kirchner already set date and time. This Tuesday, starting at 4:00 p.m., the Senate debates the bill to legalize abortion. Although the fight the fight continues vote by vote and some “green” legislators ask for adjustments, the ruling party this week denied possibilities of changes to the text and is betting on resolving differences in the fine print of the regulation to prevent the rule from returning to Deputies. “We are confident, but not relaxed”, they assure.
The start of the debate, so past noon, attracted attention. There are two arguments: that in this way the vote would arrive in the middle of the morning, with the vigil in the street decimated, easier for an orderly deconcentration; and that also the legislators who travel to session from Congress – to avoid technical problems and possible escraches in their provinces – have a longer time to arrive.
Unlike 2018, both in the “green” and “blue” sectors, secrecy prevails as a strategy. “Any movement and display of dialogue with a senator or senator only generates threats and violence,” they warn from the Executive, where they work on tiptoe on this issue.
No sector sings victory and the poroteos are rewritten every hour, tied to an endless number of variables. Without the presence of the tucumano Jose Alperovich -On leave until January for the complaint of violation against him- and Carlos Menem, who remains hospitalized, there are 70 senators who are active for the session and there are still two undefined: Neuquén Lucila Crexell, of the Neuquino Popular Movement, and the radical Stella Maris Olalla.
For now, the drip gives the “greens” a slight edge: 33 a 32. Although several senators joined the list of those who sow doubts in the last hours. They are the radical Oscar Castillo, the Kirchnerist Sergio Leavy and ally K Alberto Weretilneck.
Also requests for changes from a handful of “green” senators generate uncertainty. Among them is the official Edgardo Kueider, that the commission’s dispatch signed in dissent. Rio Negro Weretilneck warned that if he does not have favorable responses to his requests is going to abstain.
For the opposition, the PRO legislators join, Ernesto Martinez and Laura Rodriguez Machado, which also pose differences in some specific articles. They could accompany in general, but vote against or abstain in certain articles.
In the Frente de Todos, they fear that more legislators from Together for Change will begin to object and denounce political pressure from Mauricio Macri so as not to give the government a “victory”. “Making changes is the elegant way out for those who analyze this law as a political fight and want to stop it,” they say.
The boss of the PRO block, Humberto SchiavoniHe denied to Clarín that the former president is calling legislators to pressure them. “There is leeway for the quorum and for the vote, as in 2018 ”, he assured. “There is no organic decision on this issue, each one votes with freedom of conscience,” he added. Luis Naidenoff, president of the Juntos por el Cambio interblock.
The point is that any retouching would mean the return of the project to Deputies. But the Minister of Women and Diversity, Elizabeth Gómez Alcorta, came out this week to clarify that “it is not being analyzed to introduce changes in the text.” “The project that arrived and that had previously been worked on with senators from all blocks at the time we worked on the opinion will be voted on. in the Chamber of Deputies and deputies “, he assured.
However, even with the rule sanctioned in general, if any of the articles discussed in particular does not reach the numbers for approval, the entire bill should go back to the Deputies. In the lower house, they are not considering that option. “We believe it comes out unchanged, but if it comes back we will treat it,” they say.
That is the scenario that the Secretary of Legal and Technical, Vilma Ibarra works to avoid. For that, they are discussing the finer part of the regulation. “Always with a political commitment you can adjust“, they assure. But among the legislators who ask for changes, some warn that there are points that the regulation cannot save. “If they don’t want to agree to modifications, the only thing left is the veto“, they affirm.
However, the ruling party also has other cards. One of them is to convince their own “heavenly” senators to abstain. “Until the 29th we will continue working with the comrades who are undecided and also with those who are against it,” said the senator. Nancy gonzalez (FdT).
In the last hours the Salta Sergio Leavy, who voted against in 2018, acknowledged that his vote is being reconsidered. However, a reverse turn occurs at JxC, where the Catamarca Oscar Castillo, who voted in favor in 2018, today is in the field of those who keep in reserve if he votes or abstains.