Argentina: Congress must pass historic bill to legalize abortion

In response to President Alberto Fernández presenting a draft bill to legalize abortion to the Argentine Congress today, Mariela Belski, executive director of Amnesty International Argentina, said:

“Activism and the unwavering efforts of the women’s movement have led to this historic moment: today abortion is a central issue on the political agenda. The president has kept his word and has presented a draft bill to legalize abortion in Argentina. Now Congress must rise to the occasion and not miss the opportunity to recognize the rights of women, girls and others who can become pregnant to make free decisions about their bodies.”

It’s time we said goodbye to decades of violations of sexual and reproductive rights. Legalizing abortion is a human rights imperative
Mariela Belski, executive director of Amnesty International Argentina

“After years of resilience spent waiting for this moment, we must guarantee access to legal abortion in Argentina without any further delay. Decision makers in the Senate and Chamber of Deputies must realize that it is now their turn to listen to the collective call of this unstoppable green wave. It’s time we said goodbye to decades of violations of sexual and reproductive rights. Legalizing abortion is a human rights imperative and a necessary step towards becoming, once and for all, a more equal society.”

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact:

Duncan Tucker (Amnesty International Americas): duncan.tucker@amnesty.org

Laura Durán (Amnesty International Argentina): lduran@amnistia.org.ar