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Buenos Aires mayor Mauricio Macri yesterday vetoed the ‘non-punishable’ abortion law passed on the 28th September which would have served to legalise abortion in cases of rape or life endangerment of the mother. This news comes just days after the announcement that the first legalised abortion would take place next Tuesday for a woman who had been involved with human trafficking.
The law would have allowed women who were raped to obtain an abortion at any time throughout the pregnancy, and without parental consent for minors from the age of 14.
According to the city government, the new legislation “exceeds” what was established by the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation on the 13th March and that its vetoing will ensure that the resolution of the City’s Ministry of Health remains in force. The law was passed with a small majority of 30 votes to 29, and faced controversy from the outset from pro-life groups and the city government.
The decision to veto the law, however, has met opposition from the city, especially in light of the lack of explanation for it. “Macri does not explain why the law exceeds what was established by the Supreme Court… Because it clearly does not,” states Kirchnerist deputy María Rachid.
The latest veto comes as the 107th since the beginning of Macri’s term in office, marking a new record in the history of the city