"The Senate already defeated an abortion bill in 2018 in Argentina and the people have taken to the streets now to say that we don't want abortion. The country does not need to be divided in such a fraught political and economic climate. "
A bill to legalize abortion through the first 14 weeks of gestation narrowly passed the Chamber of Deputies in 2018, but was rejected by the Senate.
Mancino stressed the need to "defend the values, tradition and the family in the country.
Abortion is an issue that divides us all. Those whom they want to kill with this law are future Argentines, compatriots, citizens of our country."
Raúl Magnasco from Más Vida Argentina told ACI Prensa that "we are going through very difficult times in our country and it's important that we commit ourselves to the defense of life."
Magnasco noted that "what citizens are calling for is to respect the will of the people in face of a government that promotes the abortion agenda according to the interests or requirements of the International Monetary Fund, calling them rights or sexual and reproductive health."
In an email to ACI Prensa, former congresswoman Cynthia Hotton said that by this abortion bill "the national government intends to put [the issue] on the agenda to divide society and distract. The president is hiding the failure of the public health system, poverty and the economy behind this initiative."
"People are fed up with the lies and the political manipulation of everything: from the pandemic and the land seizures, to the farewell given to Diego Maradona. The outcome is always the same: following the incompetency, the people are the ones who suffer the most. With abortion, the same thing happens. People are tired of the green neckerchief as the panacea to all the problems of women and of society."
"While the budget is wasted on radical feminists and abortion supporters in all ministries, poverty, insecurity and violence continue to grow; the healthcare system continues to collapse; underpaid doctors are still overwhelmed; pregnant women and unborn babies continue to die in the poorest provinces but also in the city of Buenos Aires," Hotton lamented.
"The green neckerchief seems to be for Alberto Fernández the only flag left standing," she stressed.
The abortion bill, entitled "Regulation of access to voluntary interruption of pregnancy and post-abortion care," was drawn up by the ministries of Health and Women, Gender and Diversity in coordination with the Legal and Technical Secretariat of the Presidency.
Along with that bill, Fernández also introduced the "Comprehensive health and care during pregnancy and early childhood," which was drafted by the Social Development department.
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Discussion of both bills will begin in parallel in online sessions starting next week.
So far, two days have been allocated for between 30 and 60 presenters from the scientific, health, ethical-religious and judicial areas, each having seven minutes.
The apparent goal is to discuss the bills in December so that once voted on in the full session of the Chamber of Deputies, and if passed, they would be sent to the Senate for debate.