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The message of Pope Francis in the preview of the debate on abortion in Argentina: “Every discarded person is a child of God”

Archive image of Pope Francis leading Christmas Mass in St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican (REUTERS)
Archive image of Pope Francis leading Christmas Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican (REUTERS)

In the previous session in the Senate to debate the draft legalization of Abortion -which already has a half-sanction from Deputies-, Pope Francis ratified his rejection in a message published on his social networks: “The Son of God was born discarded to tell us that every discarded person is a son of God. He came into the world as a child comes into the world, weak and fragile, so that we can embrace our frailties with tenderness, ”he said.

The word of the Supreme Pontiff represents the last attempt of the Church to avoid the approval of the initiative that, prior to the beginning of the discussion, has parity among the senators.

Yesterday the bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo used a remembered phrase of the former president Nestor Kirchner to ask the senators to reject the bill. “Senators of Argentina, on the 29th I ask you to follow the example of a great president of ours: do not leave your deep convictions on the steps of the Senate – know how to defend life as he defended it,” he said from the Vatican.

In this same line, Jorge Eduardo Scheinig, Metropolitan Archbishop of Mercedes-Luján, sent a letter to the senators, in which he argues for them to vote against it. “Together with Our Lady of Luján, Patroness of our beloved Homeland, we come to plead that in our Nation the laws that govern it always defend and take care of life, and that tomorrow, the Senators, enlightened in their consciences by a special grace of God, vote against the abortion law and in favor of the lives of unborn children ”, stated the priest.

Pope Francis officiates Christmas Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, in Vatican City (Vatican) (EFE)
Pope Francis officiates Christmas Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, in Vatican City (Vatican) (EFE)

On the other hand, militants identified with the “green” sectors, in favor of the bill to legalize abortion, and “celestial”, against the initiative, have been holding a vigil in front of Congress since last night, with a view to the treatment of the initiative in the Upper House, which will begin this afternoon.

Between the two groups there is a separation of one hundred meters, through a fence mounted and controlled by the City Police. In the last hours, the “green” sectors invited to participate in the vigil at the corner of Rivadavia and Callao avenues and to “bring chairs”, while they reported that in the area “there will be hydration posts, distribution of masks and alcohol and Red Cross and rescuers ”.

On the other hand, from the “Pro-Life Unit” -which groups together some 150 civil society organizations that are against abortion- called to gather at the corner of Hipólito Yrigoyen and Entre Ríos avenue. The session of the Upper House is called for 4:00 p.m. and will conclude at dawn next Wednesday.

In counterpoint to the vision of the Church, President Alberto Fernández supports legalizing abortion and said yesterday that it is a “public health problem” and that criticism of the Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy (IVE) project constitutes an “act of hypocrisy” .

“For women it has to do with women’s rights, and for many it is a public health problem, which clearly has to do with women,” said the president in statements to the “Desiguals” program that is broadcast on TV. Public.

The head of state reviewed that “from democracy until today, more than 3,000 women have died while attempting an abortion”, which seems “wrong”, in addition to the fact that – he said – he does not know “how many women, due to poorly practiced abortions, they have had damage to their health that could not be saved ”.

President Alberto Fernández (EFE)
President Alberto Fernández (EFE)

“I have a public health problem, the rest is all hypocrisy. Saying that it does not exist is an act of hypocrisy, “he reiterated. “There is a hypocritical Argentina that denies abortion as it used to deny homosexuality,” he emphasized.

Alberto Fernández advocated for the sanction of the official project, which already has the endorsement of the Chamber of Deputies, so that “women who decide to have an abortion, under the conditions allowed by law, can do so while guaranteeing everyone’s health.” “I did not deceive anyone, I did not take him out of the hat because the political moment was opportune,” he said and recalled: “I campaigned for abortion and I am convinced that it is an issue that we must resolve.”

In this regard, the President stated that “there is an immense group of women that appeared in 2018, to the surprise of all of us, and that cannot be neglected.”

Regarding the Senators of the Frente de Todos who already anticipated their vote against the IVE, the president said that he “respects” them because he was never a “friend” of “single speeches”, and acknowledged that the issue is “sensitive” and that “Religion gets in.”

“Faced with a fact that is consumed day by day, I want women to have the peace of mind of being able to enjoy the necessary aseptic conditions to be able to do this practice,” he stressed, and admitted that “he would be very sorry” if the law was not sanctioned.

“I am Catholic, and I do not feel less Catholic for supporting abortion. My duty is to solve a problem that society has ”, he concluded.

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