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  • This will be the year in which the law on voluntary, safe and free abortion will be created in our country.

    This will be the year in which the law on voluntary, safe and free abortion will be created in our country. | Photo: Reuters

Published 5 February 2020

This new initiative from Argentina will allow the care for any abortion in public health centers.

The government is preparing a project to decriminalize abortion, President Alberto Fernandez said at the closing of his European tour on Wednesday in France.

Argentina: Fernandez to Send Legal Abortion Bill to Congress

"I am going to pass a law that will end the criminalization of abortion and allow the care of any abortion in any public center," he added at the of the Institute of Political Studies in Paris (Scienses PO Paris) .

The president's goal, he specified, is for the initiative to "allow for the care of any abortion in public health centers".

In front of students from the Scienses PO Paris, Fernandez admitted that "I don't live in peace with my conscience knowing that a woman has to have an abortion, doesn't have the economic possibility, and ends up in the hands of a healer who ends up hurting or killing her with a needle”.

In Argentina, abortion is a crime for which women are condemned for it, “we all know that it exists”, said Fernandez. The biggest problem is that all abortion becomes clandestine, and that´s why the risk to the life and health of the woman increases, commented.

The problem is more acute according to the social class of the person who performs the abortion. “If she is from an upper class, she will do it in an adequate health center, in adequate conditions, and the medical certificate will say that she had a spontaneous abortion and her health will be guaranteed. But, a woman without resources is in real danger" commented Fernandez.

"The problem of abortion and its risks depends on social class. We cannot endanger the life of a woman who has no resources. I'm going to send a law allowing the decriminalization of abortion"

"We must respect both the woman who feels she has a right over her body and the woman who feels that God does not allow her to do so. And when one decriminalizes and legalizes abortion one does not make it mandatory. Therefore, the one who still feels that God does not allow him to do it should not do it. And let's respect that. And let's respect others," he said.

"This will be the year in which the law on voluntary, safe and free abortion will be created in our country, a debt to democracy and a right that has direct repercussions on other human rights of women and pregnant women," he completed. 
 

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