If the bill decriminalizing and legalizing abortion makes it through Congress, President Mauricio Macri will not veto it.
According to La Nación, the decision has been made in the Casa Rosada to accept the outcome of the abortion debate that is currently under way in Congress. Macri, along with several other key members of the Cabinet, has declared that he does not support changing the status quo on abortion. The president has also encouraged debate within his coalition and in Congress and told Cambiemos lawmakers to vote their consciences. Previously, Cabinet Chief Marcos Peña wouldn’t publicly commit to Macri not using his veto powers.
“There will not be a veto, he is willing to accept whatever is decided. But what is important is that the debate takes place in a mature and comprehensive manner, this has been an issue for society for many years,” said a La Nación source that is allegedly close to the president.
The Lower House will soon begin debate on a bill that decriminalizes and legalizes abortions in the first 14 weeks of gestation. The bill, based on the model legislation favored by the National Campaign for Legal, Free and Safe Abortions, sets out that the public and private health systems must incorporate abortions into the services that they offer. Furthermore, the language in the draft legislation states that abortions do not require prior judicial authorization and that they must take place in a period no greater than five days after they are requested.
As mayor of the city of Buenos Aires, Macri vetoed a 2012 law passed by the City Legislature that regulated the cases for admissible abortions according to the Supreme Court’s F.A.L ruling. Macri at the time said that the law went beyond the scope of the Supreme Court’s ruling.
In line with the F.A.L ruling, abortions are currently considered illegal and subject to criminal prosecution except in the cases of a threat to the life of the woman, or in cases of pregnancy as a result of rape or sexual abuse of a woman with mental disability.