Argentina votes against legalising abortion
It’s not for this blog to comment on the rights and wrongs of abortion, but the vote in Argentina rejected legalised abortion as expected (38 senators against, 31 for) even though the text was approved by the Senate last week and Congress have already passed it – (make sense? not really, but that’s how it works.)
Like all such issues, this one splits the country, with religious leaders (and there are lots of them in Argentina) lining up to oppose it and a massive online and street campaign to support it with their green scarf motif. In fairness, it’s worth mentioning that while there is a strong growth in support for legalised abortion in Argentina, especially in urban areas, the polls still do not suggest a majority in favour, so the Senate cannot be accused of being completely out of touch with public opinion. In 2016 support stood at just 27%. An Ipsos poll in 2018 found 39% of Argentines in favour of elective abortion, and another reported 44%.
In March the Pope (who, coming from Argentina, has particular influence) wrote a letter urging the Argentine people to prioritise the “defence of life and justice.” More recently, he denounced abortion as the “white glove” equivalent of the Nazi-era eugenics program. On the other side of the argument, pro-abortion rights campaigners point out that the ban does not actually prevent abortion, but instead forces an estimated 450,000 women to seek clandestine terminations every year. Official figures suggest 50,000 women are hospitalised each year after botched abortions.
A Different View
What’s most interesting here, are the regional attitudes towards abortion versus tolerance of murder. You can’t help feeling that Central and South America is generally more preoccupied with foeticide than it is with homicide. Only in Uruguay, Cuba and Mexico City is abortion fully legal. Everywhere else in the region it is subject to severe legal restrictions. But in the extreme cases of El-Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, it is totally banned.
So let’s just look at homicide rates in these countries:
Organised crime and drug trafficking and gangs make El Salvador the number one ranking murder country of the world with a rate of 108.64. No other country comes close. It is the deadliest place on earth that is not actually a war zone. In September 2017 there were 435 homicides – that’s 15 per day – and most of them occurred in the last 10 days of the month, just as the Salvadoran government decided to send tanks to the streets of the capital in an apparent show of force. So, that’s one strategy for the dustbin.
Honduras comes in ranked number two in the world homicide rankings. President Juan Orlando Hernández was allowed to seek a second term, Congress having rejected an opposition proposal to hold a referendum on the Supreme Court ruling which somehow found a way of reading the constitution such that presidential re-election was just fine, after all (even though it is explicitly forbidden by the constitution). There are political parties and there are elections but it’s all violence, murder and corruption and the police can’t help much because they’re doing most of it.
See my post of July 17th. for the latest news on the murderous Sandinista regime.
Do they need to rethink their priorities?
So here, in three of the most murderous countries in the world, ‘the right to life’ for the foetus is protected by law, while the rights of women to choose are not and the right to life of ordinary people is pretty much unprotected by law and crimes are un-investigated by law enforcement. Time for a rethink?
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