.- Argentina is in danger of becoming the first country in Latin Americaâwith the exception of Cubaâto legalize abortion âon demand and unrestrictedâ if a bill reforming the Penal Code passes in the Buenos Aires State Legislature.
According to the NOTIVIDA news agency, a bill addressing âpregnancies incompatible with lifeâ consists of âa plan to legalize abortionâ in the Buenos Aires province, the most populous in the country.
According to the source, âwith the excuse of regulating the performing of non-punishable abortions, now they want to expand in an abusive and unconstitutional fashion the list of situations in which the Penal Code permits abortion.â
The bill stipulates, âWhen a doctor or psychologist concludes that the pregnancy is affecting a womanâs healthâphysical or psychiatricâthey shall be obliged to notify her and, simultaneously, offer her the possibility of âterminating the pregnancy.â If the woman agrees, the abortion shall take place within a span of 6 days. The heath care professional that refuses to perform the abortionâbecause of conscientious objectionâshall be replaced or substituted immediately.â
The pregnancy could be terminated at any stage of development.
According to NOTIVIDA, the bill constitutes a manipulation of the Penal Code by allowing abortion for reasons of the âpsychiatric healthâ of the mother, no longer requiring doctors and psychologists to prove that such âdangerâ cannot be resolved by other means. By creating an exception for the âpsychiatric healthâ of the mother, proponents are opening the door for abortion for any reason. The bill would guarantee abortion in cases of rape, claiming that pregnancies that result from sexual assault cause âpsychiatric unbalance.â