Argentina abortion controversy

A 19 year-old mentally disabled rape victim is at the center of an abortion controversy in Argentina.

A top provincial court will decide within a few days whether to allow a mentally impaired 19 year old, four months pregnant, to have an abortion. Both Argentina’s health minister and its most powerful governor back her family’s plea.
Argentine law bans abortions except when a woman’s life is in danger or a “demented” woman is raped.

So clearly, not a bastion of reproductive rights. In fact, 40 percent of all pregnancies in Argentina end in illegal abortions and illegal abortion is the leading cause of maternal mortality.
For more information on repro rights in Argentina, check out this report from Human Rights Watch. And check back in a few days for the outcome of the case–I’m staying optimistic.

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