The Medical and Biological Ethics Society of Argentina both dismissed statements by Mabel Blanco, a feminist leader, who said that 500,000 underground abortions are taking place in that country each year, and responded to proposals by Buenos Aires lawmaker Noemi Oliveto to decriminalize abortion.
In a statement signed by the Society’s president, Luis Aldo Ravaioli, and secretary Juan Jose Dal Lago, the doctors denounced that “’just keep on saying it and the people will believe’ has been the slogan of totalitarian regimes since the beginning, in the past and in the present, be they violent or peaceful.”
According to the Society, statistics kept by morgues and by the Ministry of Public Health reveal that in reality, in 2002 “356 deaths resulted from complications during pregnancy, delivery, c-sections, post-partum recovery, miscarriages and legal and illegal abortions.”
The Society says lawmakers had no choice but to accept the evidence. “Nevertheless, they insist in lying, distorting, exaggerating and coercing the public and lawmakers in order to convince them of the ‘humanitarian need to legalize abortion’.”