Minister of Health supports presidential veto of abortion in Uruguay

Minister of Health supports presidential veto of abortion in Uruguay

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The Uruguayan daily El Pais reported that the country’s Health Minister, Maria Julia Munoz, has said she would support a presidential veto of the controversial law on sexual and reproductive health approved by the House of Representatives this week.

Munoz reiterated that if President Tabare Vazquez asks her, she would have “no problem in conscience signing” the veto of the law, which includes an article legalizing abortion.

According to Munoz, government ministers are designated by the President “to carry out the government’s agenda under his direction,” and signing the veto of a specific law is part of their work, as the issue of abortion is not part of this government’s agenda.

However, she pointed out that “there is still no law,” as the bill has been sent back to Senate for last minute changes. If approved, the measure would come before the President’s desk, where it faces a certain veto.

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