Even though the court failed to do justice to the father “who is trying to save the life of his unborn child, society has responded with strong support," the lawyer noted.
Venchiarutti, who is also secretary general of the pro-life Partido Celeste political organization, noted that while some say “she already had an abortion, others deny it. Everything is still at that point, waiting for news. But the court rejected the two appeals by the father.”
"The truth is that if there is no ruling by the court on the merits of the matter regarding this infamous law, whose purpose is to exterminate human beings in the womb, at the simple will of the mother and financed with the payment of taxes citizens are forced to pay, numerous cases of injustice await us and various deaths of children in the womb will continue to occur with total impunity,” he said.
The case drew widespread support on social media with the hashtag #TodosConFranco (Everyone with Franco), and a similar story even came to light.
“Thank goodness that when my cute little guy began to live, I was able to convince the mother to have him and give him to me to raise (she didn't want to have it). Today he’s the most important thing in my life and the reason why I do everything. Be strong Franco, you’re not alone!” said Twitter user Daniel.
Guadalupe Batallán, a young leader in the pro-life cause, tweeted “it’s really outrageous that a father has to go out and ask for something as basic as allowing his child to be born. Adult women pretend to be strong and empowered but use their power and militancy to kill a baby.”
Catalina Buitrago, a congresswoman for Buenos Aires province, said on social media: “Today a dad is in tears before the court so they’ll let his child live. “All I'm asking is that you respect my son's life.” Let's make Franco's appeal be heard.”
Legal abortion in Argentina
Argentina’s abortion law was passed December 30, 2020 and allows abortion on demand up to 14 weeks pregnancy.
Beyond 14 weeks, an abortion can be performed in case of rape or "if the life or integral health of the pregnant person is in danger."
In various provinces in Argentina, appeals have been filed to challenge the abortion law.
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The federal judiciary has “in its hands the power to put an end to this unjust law,” Venchiarutti said, citing the legal maxim, “Lex iniusta non est lex” (an unjust law is no law at all).