BUENOS AIRES – A group of students, professors and lawyers gathered on Monday in Buenos Aires to demonstrate against the bill legalizing abortion, two days ahead of the vote in the Argentine Senate.
Joined by about 150 “pro-life” students, professors and lawyers holding light-blue handkerchiefs, the march was held in front of the Faculty of Law of the University of Buenos Aires, whose board of directors approved a resolution in favor of the bill.
Alfredo Vitolo, professor at the university and member of the board, told EFE that he opposes the abortion law because it is “contrary to the Constitution and does not recognize the biological principles already established by science.”
Although he described the situation of women who resort to abortion as “tragic,” he said that this “is not the solution” and that “the argument contending that it is going to keep happening is not a valid legal argument” for the approval of the new law.
Likewise, Magdalena Arevalo, a first-year law student, said that “scientifically it is demonstrated that there is life from the moment of conception” and “life is worthy from the start,” so she defends it “to the letter.”
Marisa Kulanczynsky, a member of the Pro-life Federal Lawyers’ Commission, reiterated that “beyond ethical, medical, and religious arguments,” the Constitution and the Civil Code both “recognize life from the moment of conception.”
The abortion bill, which for years was unsuccessfully promoted by leftist and feminist groups, began to be discussed in Congress this year after President Mauricio Macri facilitated the debate among lawmakers.
The bill was passed by the Chamber of Deputies in a tight vote on June 14, and the vote in the 72-member Senate is expected to be similarly close.
According to local media on Monday, the number of senators opposed to the bill currently stands at 35, while those in support number 32, in addition to three legislators who have not stated their position and two others who have already mentioned that they will be absent from the vote.