Green isn't just a color: abortion rights in Bs As

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March 8th, 2018 will be remembered in Argentina as the day in which a president allowed the National Congress to discuss a law to legalize abortion for the first time. While President Mauricio Macri was giving the announcement to the press, 500000 women and other gender identities were marching in the streets of Buenos Aires during the second InternationalWomen’s Strike. Most of the demonstrators shared the strong desire of seeing the law approved; it had been presented seven times before and never treated because of the political implications it carried.

After that, two dates were commented worldwide: June 13th, when Deputes approved and passed the law to Senators, and August 8th, the day in which most of the Senators decided to bury the law by giving a negative vote. Abortion right's defenders thought it was it: a historic opportunity was lost and long time would have to pass in order to have another chance. The pirouettes of the Argentine political system, fortunately, proved them wrong.

Alberto Fernández and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner were elected as president and vice-president in October, 2019 after promising abortion would be legal in a short time after the elections. For that reason they received the support of the feminist movement and expectations were running high. The burst of the Covid-19 pandemic delayed the long-waited moment but finally the dates were chosen by the end of the year 2020: December 10 to discuss in the chamber of Deputies and December 29 for the chamber of Senators.
In the early morning of December 30 the dream of many generations of women and activists came true: the law to allow the voluntary interruption of pregnancy was approved in Argentina, making the country the second in Latin America to have a law of this kind.

Analía Cid.
2017-2020, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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