President Alberto Fernández said on Thursday that with the bill sent to Congress on the legalization of abortion, this practice is not being made compulsory “but rather by guaranteeing the life of the woman who faces a pregnancy,” and he was confident that this time the initiative it will be sanctioned by Congress.
“I think we are in a position that this time abortion becomes law”said the president that morning in statements to Radio Futurock. And he added: “Faced with the improvement in the health situation, I understood that it was time to send the project and keep my word.”
He also stated: “I feel like the standard bearer of this claim. This time there will be no president calling for a governor to get his senators to vote against. I will do all my efforts so that the abortion bill comes out and becomes law.
At the beginning of the week Fernández announced the sending to Congress of the project of voluntary interruption of pregnancy. He did it through a video that he posted on his personal Twitter account.
“I have the conviction that it is necessary for Argentina. I understand that we are in a position to make it law. I think the difference with other times is that, beyond the enormous struggle of the feminist movement, I feel like the standard bearer of this claim “.
Fernández affirmed “that the President demands the treatment and approval and that he says that it is necessary, it seems to me that it creates a slightly different scenario,” he explained.
“This time it is not a president who complied by sending a law so that they do not say ‘did not comply’. Rather, he actively cares about the issue, “he added.
Fernández reiterated that the State should not ignore the public health problems that clandestine abortions imply and said that he raised his position to the authorities of the Catholic Church during his last visit to the Vatican.
“Abortion is not a problem of religious dogmas but rather of personal decisions. I am a Catholic but I have to resolve a public health issue”, Emphasized the president in this sense.
Finally, the President assured that the intention is not to make abortion compulsory, “in fact, we want to guarantee the life of the woman who faces a pregnancy,” and explained that that is why he sent “the abortion law and the 1000-day project to end hypocrisy ”.