Argentine law allows abortion in cases when the mother's life or health is in danger, or in cases of rape.
In his homily, Bishop Ojea said that "in this Eucharist we have come to celebrate and express our gratitude for the lives of so many women united in the sentiment of so many people in the world on this international women's day."
"We value your irreplaceable presence in families and and we celebrate the increasingly greater place you have in our society," the prelate said, and that added that all have come to Luján to "pray for all women so their lives, their safety and their rights are respected, overcoming every kind of exclusion."
"But in a special way, we want to celebrate and appreciate women's closeness and commitment to life," he said, and especially those "intelligent and brave women who commit their lives day after day, that life that sometimes makes it presence known with an unplanned pregnancy, which perhaps doesn't come at the best time, but they are completely committed to care for this new being they have received."
The bishop underscored that "there are millions of Argentine men and women, believers and non-believers" who "have the profound conviction that there is life from conception and that a different person than the mother is developing in her womb." In addition he emphasized that "it is unfair and distressing to call them anti-rights or hypocrites."
"In reality, we value and defend the rights of each and every life, of every woman and every unborn child," the president of the bishops' conference said.