A gynaecologist found guilty and awaiting sentencing for misconduct for failing to carry out a legally-warranted abortion on a woman who had been raped will run as a candidate for a Christian political party in this year's general elections.
Leandro Rodríguez Lastra will compete as the Christian Democratic Party (PDC) candidate for Argentina's national Congress representing Buenos Aires City. He joins the so-called "blue ballot" in reference to the blue flag associated to the anti-abortion movement.
"Leandro is representative of one of the most essential issues in the construction of a blue city in favour of life and family, which we're pushing as our agenda. He's a stalwart of our cause", the president of the PDC's City branch, Carlos Traboulsi, told Perfil.
Lastra was born in the capital but moved to southern Río Negro province, where he was charged and found guilty last month of misconduct by a Cipoletti court.
"I'm upset about the ruling. The case does not end here. I will continue fighting for the truth. It is an adverse ruling. I am convinced of my innocence", he told La Mañana de Cipoletti, a local newspaper.
The case is symbolic given it has played out in court, and in the public, for the most part of Argentina's ongoing debate about the decriminalisation of abortion. A bill to the same effect failed to pass the Senate in August last year after successful passage through the Lower House.