Today, May 28, on the International Day of Action for Women’s Health, Campaña Nacional por el Aborto Legal, Seguro y Gratuito, which brings together more than 500 feminist, social and political organizations, presents for the eighth time, the bill of legal interruption of pregnancy

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May 28 is the International Day of Action for Women’s Health. It was proclaimed 32 years ago in Costa Rica, during the meeting of members of the World Network of Women for Reproductive Sexual Rights held at the end of the V International Meeting on Women’s Health. The purpose of this date is to reaffirm the right to health as a human right of women that they must access without restrictions or delays or exclusions of any kind, and throughout their lives.
In this context, the Campaña Nacional por el Aborto Legal, Seguro y Gratuito, Safe and Free, will present for the eighth consecutive time before the National Congress, the Law of Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy (IVE). Already in 2018, the bill achieved the average sanction in the Chamber of Deputies being rejected in the Senate. Since 1921, the Penal Code establishes in article 86 inc 1 and 2, that abortion is legal if the pregnancy represents a danger to the life or health of the person or if it is the product of a violation. However, there were always difficulties for the implementation of public policies that guarantee full access to legal abortion.
In 2012, the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation issued the ruling F.A.L s / self-satisfying measure, where it instructed the State to end the practice of judicializing, obstructing and / or delaying access to legal abortions. Likewise, he urged the national, provincial and city authorities of Buenos Aires to implement the highest standards and through hospital protocols, to train in good practices and remove all barriers that limit access to health services. In this regard, in 2015 the Ministry of Health of the Nation published the “Protocol for the Comprehensive Care of Persons with the Right to Legal Interruption of Pregnancy”, which represented a major step forward in accessing abortion for women and people with the ability to gestate.
Even so, those who require access to a non-punishable abortion continue to face constant obstacles, such as the institutional violence exerted on them by health professionals, being conscientious objectors and not making the corresponding referrals. These actions and practices, naturalized in the health system, prevent access to safe abortions even in cases where they are protected by law. Particularly in our province, access to this type of abortion has been hampered since 2012 by the amparo filed by Portal de Belén. Even after the favorable ruling of the Superior Court of Justice in this case, the situation that prevents the application of the Provincial Guide for the care of non-punishable abortions has not changed.
In this regard, the World Health Organization states that the criminalization of abortion and restrictive measures, not only affect the exercise of a human right, but generate a serious public health problem because it leaves vulnerable and pushes clandestine and insecure practices that constitute one of the main causes of maternal mortality. The right to abortion is a matter of public health that impacts the lives of girls, adolescents, women and people with the ability to deliver. Sexual and (non) reproductive health are human rights, that is, they are for everyone without any discrimination.
Therefore, on Tuesday the streets will be filled with handkerchiefs, with interventions and rallies in all the cities of the country and various parts of the world. In Córdoba, the federal handkerchief will be at the Museum of Anthropology at 4:00 pm and there will be invited bands. In a collective cry for legal abortion, safe and free, the green wave, returns to the streets and Congress, to be able to decide on our bodies and lives.

Sex education to decide

Contraceptives not to abort

Legal abortion to not die.

¡QueSeaLey!

Author

Laura Villanueva

Contact

Cecilia Bustos Moreschi, cecilia.bustos.moreschi@fundeps.org