BUENOS AIRES – The women’s organization Mujeres de la Matria Latinoamericana (MuMaLa) announced on Thursday the creation of a registry documenting women’s deaths caused by unsafe abortions in Argentina, a week after the Senate rejected decriminalizing the procedure.
Just in the last week, three women, ages 22, 30 and 34, died in the South American nation as a result of unsafe abortions.
“The deaths of these young and low-income women, which we could rightly call state femicides since all of them could have been avoided, confirm what we have denounced for months: clandestine abortions cause thousands of women to die in our country,” said the director of MuMaLa, Raquel Vivanco.
“Abortion has existed, exists and will continue to exist. The real discussion is if we want abortion to be clandestine or legal,” she said.
In the early morning of Aug. 9, the bill to promote safe, legal and free abortions failed to pass the Senate, receiving 38 votes against, 31 in favor and 2 abstentions.
According to Vivanco, the nearly 40 senators who rejected the initiative, which had already been approved by the lower house in June, are “responsible” for the imminent deaths that will result from new unsafe abortions.
Most Argentinians, she said, have changed their views on the issue and stopped “denying reality.”
“If we ask any person at random if they know a woman who has had an abortion, they will most likely say yes. If that same person is asked if they think that woman should die or go to jail for having had an abortion, they will say no,” Vivanco said.