Of the three options (pass without changes, pass with changes, fail to pass), it looks pretty certain that the abortion bill will fail to pass, postponing further discussion for 7 months. Though with the presidential election approaching in 2019, a defeat now will effectively end consideration until 2020.
An article in the Irish times quotes the alarming statistics that 4 out of 10 pregnancies in Argentina currently end in abortion and that the annual number of abortions in the country is 500,000. Apparently criminalizing abortion has not been saving lives. One cannot help wondering if decriminalizing would increase these shockingly high numbers.
I am not advocating either for or against this legislation, whose rigidity in extending the allowable period to extend beyond the first trimester, as well as not allowing medical professionals to exercise conscientious objection, seemed to doom its passage.
But if 40% of pregnancies in Argentina end in abortion, shouldn’t everyone be asking if there is anyone in the country considering abortion who is deterred by the current law?