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Academics, cultural leaders to kick off debate on abortion decriminalisation

Fifteen speakers will have their turn to present arguments for or against the proposal to decriminalise voluntary abortions to a maximum 14 weeks.

Monday 9 April, 2018
Activists cheer in favour of legalised abortion during the presentation of the abortion reform bill at Congress. Under heavy pressure by women's groups that have taken to the streets in large numbers in recent years, over 70 legislators presented an abortion bill that will be first be discussed in several committees of the lower chamber.
Activists cheer in favour of legalised abortion during the presentation of the abortion reform bill at Congress. Under heavy pressure by women's groups that have taken to the streets in large numbers in recent years, over 70 legislators presented an abortion bill that will be first be discussed in several committees of the lower chamber. Foto:AP-Victor R. Caivano

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Civil society representatives, academics and cultural leaders will on Tuesday kick off the debate in Argentina’s Lower House about a bill to decriminalise abortion.

Fifteen speakers will have their turn to present arguments for or against the proposal to decriminalise voluntary abortions to a maximum 14 weeks.

The president of the General Legislation Committee Daniel Lipovetzky will act as the moderator. Lawmakers will not present arguments, instead limiting themselves to questions.

Activists renew calls for legal abortions

Several protests, for and against the bill, are scheduled for outside the Congress building throughout Tuesday.

In favour of the bill are: journalist Luis Novaresio; head of Catholics for the Right to Decide, Marta Alanis; Executive Director of the Social and Legals Studies Centre (CELS), Gastón Chillier; sociologist and historian Dora Barrancos; constitutional lawyer Andrés Gil Domínguez; lawyer, educator and researcher Paola Bergallo; lawyer and family law specialist Nelly Minyersky; psiconalysist Martha Rosenberg; and lawyer Susana Chiarotti.

Abortion: Thousands march against push for decriminalisation

Against the bill are: Father José María de Paola (Padre Pepe); the director of Profamilia Oscar Botta; Judicial Sociology specialist María Angélica Gelli; constitutional lawyer Alberto Bianci; Sophia institute manager Cristina Magueys; Bioethics specialist Raquel Graciela Bolton; and philosophy teacher and technical advisor to the Marriage and Family Institute of the Argentine Catholic University, Alejandra Planker. 

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