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Abortion Debate: Amnesty International Reminds Argentina ‘The World is Watching’

The NYT full-page back cover was published a day before the vote.

By | [email protected] | August 7, 2018 3:01pm

Dj_C5MEX0AA4IZ5The pro-choice back cover message circulates through 134 countries worldwide. (Photo via Twitter)

Tomorrow, the Senate will vote on a bill that seeks to legalize abortion, a debate that has taken over the streets, schools, and news cycles in Argentina for months. Yet, the issue has been taken further than that, as feminist groups to support the law gather across the world. Today, Amnesty International pushed the wave of green an extra mile by taking out an advertisement in the New York Times’ international edition.

The advertisement consists of an entire back-page in green, the pro-choice movement of Argentina’s signature color, and a large coat-hanger, emblematic of the clandestine, unsafe abortions that “are the leading cause of maternal deaths in Argentina.” Increasing international visibility in the days and weeks leading up the vote may increase the pressure for legislators come tomorrow’s vote. Indeed, following the publication of the advertisement, the issue has gotten attention from high-profile individuals.

In addition to rallying through a public awareness campaign reaching 134 countries, the organization also began a petition “in solidarity with the people for campaigning for access to safe and legal abortion in Argentina.”

“This bill is very close to having enough support in the Senate to be passed. We will deliver this petition before the Senate vote, and make sure out voices are heard when it counts,” reads the website.

Erika Guevara-Rosas, regional Amnesty International Director for the Americas, said about the ad: “We want to send a message to the Senators: the world is watching them. It is observing to see if they will vote in favor of women in order to end the serious suffering of women caused by the criminalization of abortion.”

“Tomorrow, the Senators of Argentina have the opportunity to change legislation that has punished women for their reproductive decisions and has condemned them to suffer. This could be the start of a new, more humane and compassionate society that recognizes the rights of women and people with the ability to choose,” she added.

Amnesty International recorded that in the past 60 years, more than 30 countries have changed their laws in order to allow greater access to abortion, and the debate in Argentina has helped bring attention to the issue in a region where only Cuba, Uruguay and Mexico have decriminalized abortion in all circumstances.

“This would represent a historic milestone so that Argentina could show that they are serious about gender equality and serve as an example for the rest of the Americas,” Guevara-Rosas concluded.