Buenos Aires Times

argentina UPPER HOUSE TENSION

VP Michetti denies trying to stymie abortion vote in Senate

The Senate will soon vote on a bill to legalise elective abortion up to the 14th week of pregnancy, following its approval in the Lower House on June 14.

Friday 22 June, 2018
Argentina's Vice-President Gabriela Michetti.
Argentina's Vice-President Gabriela Michetti. Foto:Noticias Argentinas

More Argentina News

Agrentina’s Vice-President Gabriela Michetti on Friday rejected accusations she was trying to hinder a vote in the Senate on a bill to decriminalise elective abortion.

“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 follow Peronist Senator Miguel Ángel Pichetto’s accusations that Michetti — who as vice-president serves as the Speaker of the Upper House —  was trying to “hinder 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.

“The transfer responds to a personal position of the vice-president’s with the aim of indefinitely prolonging the debate”, he added.

The Senate will vote on a bill to legalise elective abortion up to the 14th week of pregnancy, following its approval in the Lower House on June 14.

Now, it must first pass the Health, Justice and Criminal Affairs, Constitutional Affairs, and Budget and Treasury committees.

The Budget and Treasury committee’s chairman is Senator Esteban Bullrich, one of the ruling Cambiemos coaltion’s staunchest opponents of abortion.

-TIMES

Poll

Op-Ed

Top Stories

  1. 1The sound of fine words and falling heroesThe sound of fine words and falling heroes
  2. 2Argentina and the cargo cult
  3. 3Editorial: A clarity of focus
  4. 4Argentina’s iconic 'kioscos' to expand into e-commmerce
  5. 5July 16th-22nd: What We Learned This Week
  6. 6Dante Caputo dies aged 74
  7. 7Trade imbalance casts shadow over warm relations with US
  8. 8Church spars with abortion campaigners ahead of debate
  9. 9Making Argentina safe for corruption
  10. 10Trade conflicts loom large over G20 summit