Buenos Aires Times


Author Margaret Atwood tells Argentina's VP: 'Give women the right to choose abortion'

Atwood addressed Gabriella Michetti following accusations last week that the vice-president was trying to hinder a vote in the Senate on the bill to decriminalise elective abortion.

Tuesday 26 June, 2018
Canadian writer Margaret Atwood.
Canadian writer Margaret Atwood. Foto:Twitter

More Argentina News

Beloved Canadian writer Margaret Atwood has expressed her support for the ongoing campaign in Argentina to decriminalise elective abortion, with a personal message for Vice-President Gabriela Michetti.

“Vicepresident of Argentina @gabimichetti: don’t look away from the thousands of deaths every year from ilegal abortions. Give argentinian women the right to choose!”, Atwood wrote on Twitter, citing the hashtags of the #NiUnaMenos movement and those in favour of abortion like #AbortoLegalYa #QueElAbortoSeaLey and #AbortoEnSenadoYa.

In an earlier tweet, she wrote: “Right now, women in #Argentina are fighting for their rights and lives... If #irelandreferendum can do it so can Argentina”.

Atwood, who wrote the acclaimed The Handmaid’s Tale, addressed Michetti following accusations last week the vice-president — who also serves as the Speaker of the Upper House — was trying to hinder a vote in the Senate on the bill to decriminalise elective abortion up to the 14th week of pregnancy.

“There is no way to delay it [the vote] because the four committees will work simultaneously”, Michetti, a staunch Catholic and abortion opponent, told state-run news agency Télam.

Her comments followed Peronist Senator Miguel Ángel Pichetto’s accusations that Michetti was “hindering the vote” by sending the bill to four instead of two committees.

“The transfer [of the bill to four committees] was totally excessive, and the transfer to [the] Budget and Constitutional Affairs [committees] was unnecessary”, Pichetto said.

Abortion activists will gather outside Congress this evening to reaffirm their support for the bill.



Top Stories

  1. 1Is there any way or place where to start again?Is there any way or place where to start again?
  2. 2CFK corruption trial will go ahead on Tuesday, Supreme Court confirms
  3. 3Editorial: Court caught in credibility crisis (again)
  4. 4Devil take the hindmost
  5. 5Central Bank moves to shore up peso after unwelcome inflation surprise
  6. 6‘Maca’ Sánchez signs Argentina's first professional women’s football contract
  7. 7Impenetrable resistance
  8. 8Digital dystopia and the tyranny of Silicon Valley
  9. 9Argentina’s goddess of strife
  10. 10Editorial: The lady’s not for turning – or is she?