The Catholic Church is taking action against the Supreme Court ruling on non-punishable abortion. These actions are seeking to offer pregnant women cash incentives to keep children conceived through rape.
The Supreme Court ruling on 13 March 2012 grants the right to a safe and legal abortion in a hospital without having to seek judicial approval.
This ruling originally came out of a case involving a young girl who became pregnant at 15 after her stepfather, an officer in the Chubut police force, raped her.
Monsignor Algredo Zecca, archbishop of Tucumán, has spearheaded the initiative, which is pushing for regulation to hinder legal termination of pregnancy in cases of rape and suggesting that victims carry out the pregnancy and give the child up for adoption.
Representatives of the Catholic Church have submitted a draft ‘Law on Protection of Human Rights of Pregnant Women and Unborn Children.’ The Law offers women to be entitled to a cash stipend in cases of unwanted children if the woman decides to take responsibility for the child’s upbringing. The stipend would continue until the child turns 18.
The law would also offer the stipend to the child’s new guardian if the woman decides to give him/her up for adoption.
The agenda for last Tuesday’s meeting of the Committee on Family, Women, Children and Adolescents of the House was scheduled to begin discussing the proposed law, but the call was finally suspended.
In late March, the house of deputies drafted a new bill, which would permit a woman to terminate a pregnancy within the first twelve weeks.
This draft bill is the same that was first discussed in November at the Criminal Law Committee but it lost its parliamentary status at the end of 2011.