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In a discussion regarding Argentina’s social issues with journalist Cecilia González for Mexican News Agency Notimex, President Mauricio Macri shut down the discussion of possibly decriminalizing abortion in Argentina while saying that the possibilities of ending drug trafficking and legalizing medical marijuana were both on the horizon.

While Macri said that particular cases can lead to “reflection” on whether or not to decriminalize abortion, he would always be a “proponent of life.”

“Bringing a child into this world is one of the nicest things that can happen to a couple. A baby is the most beautiful expression of love, and I will always be in the defense of life.”

When directly asked whether Macri sees the decriminalization of abortion happening during his mandate, he flat-out said “no.”

Abortion is illegal in Argentina. Article 85 of the nation’s criminal code establishes that a woman who causes or consents to having an abortion may face a prison term ranging from one to four years. A person who administers an abortion may face prison for three to 10 years if he or she acts without the woman’s consent, and for one to four years if he or she acts with the woman’s consent. The only circumstances under which abortion is not a criminal offense are, according to Article 86, are if there’s a danger to the mother’s life or health or if the pregnancy was the result of rape.

In July, a group of 41 deputies presented a bill to legalize abortion. This is the sixth attempt to do so.

In contrast, Macri said “there is always” possibilities of legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes, but, “Let’s first examine what results Uruguay, or any other country where it is legalized, has.”

Uruguay technically legalized cannabis nearly two years ago, with the option to register yourself or to obtain the drug through pharmaceutical companies.

The Supreme Court established a precedent when it ruled in favor of decriminalizing marijuana possession for personal consumption in the 2009 Arriola Case. According to the sentence, it is unconstitutional to punish an adult for possessing and consuming the drug in private as long as he or she is discrete about it, doesn’t jeopardize a third party and doesn’t intend on commercializing it. There is no mention of medical marijuana in the ruling.

The interview also discussed the recent visit of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who has been criticized for continuous violations in human rights, with an estimated 28,000 people having been forcibly disappeared since 2011.

Macri said that while he was not “aware until now” of the Mexican government’s role in human rights, it was a discussion that everyone needed to be aware of, and that he would always advocate for the protection of human rights.