Argentina’s Senate voted Wednesday to legalize abortion up to 14 weeks in a vote of 38-29 after a long debate that lasted until after midnight. The vote comes two weeks after the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of Argentina’s Congress, voted in favor of abortion.
Previously, abortion in the country was only allowed in cases of rape or when the mother’s health was considered to be at risk (intentionally killing a child through abortion is never truly medically necessary). Now, with the approval of The Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy Bill, abortion will be allowed for any reason through the first 14 weeks of pregnancy in Argentina.
At 14 weeks, preborn children are already well developed and capable of reacting to stimuli and feeling pain.
Preborn children are killed through abortion by the abortion pill which starves the baby to death, by aspiration abortion which uses a powerful vacuum to suction the baby to pieces, and by D&E dismemberment abortion which rips the child’s limbs from his or her body.
Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández had vowed to legalize abortion during his presidency and promised he will sign this bill into law. Pope Francis, who is from Argentina, had expressed his opposition to the bill and called abortion the same as hiring “a hitman” to kill innocent human beings.
Most of the citizens of Argentina are considered to be pro-life, and thousands marched against this bill to legalize abortion. “The Argentine people are pro-life,” one anonymous participant told reporters. “[…] I know there are unexpected pregnancies, I respect women’s rights. But I don’t recognise abortion as a right.”
In 2019, the country of Ireland also legalized abortion and has since then spent millions in taxpayer-funded first trimester chemical abortions alone. The country has also seen skyrocketing abortion rates, abortion survivors left to die, an economically concerning record low birth rate, and a marked discomfort among many abortionists to actually commit the abortions legalized by the government.
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While major media outlets are reporting the legalization of abortion in Argentina as a win for women’s rights just as they did in Ireland, women in Argentina recently reached out to Pope Francis asking him to help them defeat abortion.
“We write to your Holiness, with the desire to ask for you to help us express to public opinion that we feel prisoners in a situation where our own family is compromised, as are our teenage daughters and future generations, that grow old with the idea that our life is not wanted and that we don’t have a right to have children because we are poor,” the women wrote on November 18 (emphasis original). They say that abortion advocates in Argentina are targeting poor women for abortion and have faced pressure to not have children.
However, Fernández, under heavy pro-abortion pressure, determined that because illegal abortions happen anyway, that was reason enough to legalize the horrific act. “The debate is not about deciding whether or not there should be abortion,” he said. “Abortions occur in clandestine form, placing at risk the health and lives of the women who submit to them. The dilemma we must overcome is whether abortions are to be clandestine or within the Argentine health system.”
However, though murder and rape are illegal, those acts still occur, so it does not logically follow that they should be legalized. Making a heinous act legal does not make it morally acceptable, as is true of every act that exists solely to cause harm or kill a human being — like abortion does.
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