Senator Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, along with all members of her Victory Front-PJ voting bloc in the Upper House, will support legislation to decriminalise abortion in Argentina.
Argentina’s Lower House passed a bill on Thursday morning to decriminalise elective abortion within the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.
“In response to a societal demand that has been strongly expressed through the Womens’ Movement, the FpV-PJ bloc of senators confirms that it will, in its entirely, vote in favour of the bill that passed the Lower House”, the bloc said in a statement published on Twitter.
Despite significant social reforms like same-sex marriage and the gender identity law, Fernández de Kirchner refused to address abortion during her two-term presidency, which ended in 2015.
“The moment will come”, she once said. But it never did.
Many women in her own Victory Front movement had tried to push a debate on abortion decriminalisation in the parliamentary sphere but always hit the “due obedience” wall built by CFK, whose opposition to the idea was well known.