The President of Argentina, Alberto Fernandez, announced that this Tuesday he will send to Congress a bill to legalize the voluntary termination of pregnancy and another by which a program will be created to strengthen comprehensive health care for women during pregnancy.
“The criminalization of abortion has been of no use, has only allowed abortions to occur clandestinely in worrying figures, “said the president in a video message broadcast through his Twitter account, in which he regretted that each year around 38,000 women are hospitalized for miscarriages and 3,000 have died from that cause since 1983.
Legal, safe and free abortion –in Argentina abortion is only allowed if the pregnancy is the result of rape or the life of the mother is in danger– It is a long-standing claim by feminist groups, and although a project was approved in 2018 by the Chamber of Deputies, it did not obtain the approval of the Senate.
Fernández remarked that the legalization of abortion saves women’s lives and preserves their reproductive capacities, many times affected by these unsafe abortions, and added that “it does not increase the number of abortions or promote them”, but rather solves a problem that affects the ” public health“.
“The legalization of abortion also allows, as occurs in Mexico City and Uruguay, decrease abortions and the deaths they cause“He said, convinced that providing coverage in the health system also facilitates access to contraceptive methods to prevent unintended pregnancies.
This legalization would not imply, he pointed out, an extra burden for the health system, since the internationally validated procedures are mostly ambulatory, non-surgical and pharmacological.
“The debate, then, is not saying yes or no to abortion, abortions occur clandestinely and put the lives and health of the women who undergo them at risk. Therefore, the dilemma we must overcome is whether abortions are performed clandestinely or in the health system from Argentina “, he emphasized.
He also stressed that the most vulnerable and poor women are the greatest victims of the system, by submitting to unsafe practices because they cannot afford what an abortion implies: “Many of them die in the attempt or their health is affected forever,” he remarked.
The other project that the Government will send provides for the creation of the “1,000-day Program”, which seeks to reduce mortality, malnutrition and malnutrition and prevent violence by protecting early ties, emotional and physical development, and health in a comprehensive manner. of pregnant people and their children up to 3 years of age.
Among other aspects, the initiative establishes new financial aid or extends existing ones, a special approach is taken to detect risks during pregnancy and an early warning system for birth and a certificate of vital events is established for the right to identity of newborn children.
“I thus fulfill my commitment to send both bills for parliamentary debate following constitutional rules. I propose that we hold a frank debate that takes place within the framework of democratic dialogue,” said the head of state.
Fernández began his message by remarking that keeps his word given during the 2019 election campaign and after assuming the Presidency at the end of that year and concluded it by calling for a respectful dialogue.
“The differences make us a plural society and enrich the democracy that it took us so much effort to consolidate. By personal conviction I am sure that we are responding to a reality that affects public health and that with this we are expanding rights in a society that does so. demand. Let it be law, “he concluded.