Declaration of interest for criminal prosecution of a doctor who carried out an ILE in Salta

Civil society organizations Catholics for the Right to Decide Argentina (CDD), the Foundation for the Development of Sustainable Policies (Fundeps) and the Center for Legal and Social Studies (CELS) accompanied today
legal considerations in the framework of the criminal process of a doctor resident of Salta who carried out an ILE within the framework of Law 27.610 on Access to the Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy, as part of the health team of the Juan Domingo Perón Hospital in the city of Tartagal.

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The practice had been requested by a patient of legal age, in full exercise of her autonomy. When she was received at the health center, she was cared for by an interdisciplinary team, who, with the endorsement of the director of the
hospital, they found that it was the causal health and that it was duly justified. It is about the possibility of interrupting the pregnancy when the life or health of the pregnant person is at risk.

The procedures performed by the medical team are within the law and each step was recorded in the medical record. The doctor who is currently going through a criminal process is the only non-objector professional, who guarantees the right to comprehensive health for women and other people with the ability to gestate in the area.

It is essential that this case be analyzed in the light of local norms and in line with international human rights instruments. A pregnancy can be legally interrupted when any dimension of health is at risk, be it physical, mental or social health.

Likewise, particular consideration must be given to the social interest that governs this matter, as well as the impact that any judicial decision has in relation to the implementation of a public policy that provides for access to a fundamental human right such as access to Legal and Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy.