In the early hours of this morning, city government officials approved a bill for a law that would
allow for the non-punishable practice of abortion to occur in cases of rape and life endangerment in
the City of Buenos Aires.
The Supreme Court for National Justice passed the law with 30 positive votes and 29 negative. The
majority of the negative votes however, came from members of the Propuesta Republicana (PRO),
the party of Mauricio Macri, and there is a fear that the Mayor of the city of Buenos Aires could
still veto the law.
“We hope that this case will not become yet another vetoed law,” said Maria Rachid, a deputy of
Frente para la Victoria.
The law will allow women over the age of 14 to have an abortion without first having to gain court
permission in situations where pregnancies are life threatening or induced by rape.
The law was passed as a result of a lengthy session in which representatives of both sides of the
debate presented information to city lawmakers.