With just hours to go before the vote that will determine the fate of the bill to decriminalize abortion in Argentina, both camps are neck in neck, with the result still too close to call. As deputies continue to announce their positions, or change their minds, in the case of our dear friend José Luis Ramón, the organization Economía Femini(s)ta have created a document that tracks the voting process live, publishing data in easily-consumable infographics which display Deputies’ and Senator’s votes as determined by age, gender, location, political party, and even mandate end date. All the information is backed up by verified sources, such as news outlets or tweets, in order to create the most accurate document possible to track votes as the deadline approaches.
En febrero lanzamos esta planilla colaborativa en la que podés ver la posición de cada unx de lxs diputadxs y senadorxs respecto al #AbortoLegal. Si tenés más información podés sumar! https://t.co/eYB6NSOrdx
— Economía Feminista (@EcoFeminita) 10 de junio de 2018
All data used in this article is accurate as of 10 AM on Tuesday, June 12.
Current Voting Status
At this moment in time, the fate of the vote rests in the hands of the non-confirmed voters, as only four votes separate those in favor and those against the motion to decriminalize abortion in the Lower House. In the Senate, it seems highly unlikely that the bill will pass, with almost double the number of senators voting to reject the bill than approve it. While 26 have not yet confirmed their position, the reactions so far indicate that the majority will vote against the bill.
Votes Divided by Gender
The document also identifies Deputies’ positions on abortion by gender. Somewhat surprisingly, the division is relatively even between men and women, with more male Deputies’s votes still undeclared. The number of those voting for and against the motion is extremely close, once again demonstrating that it will be the undeclared votes that will swing the result either way.
Votes Divided by Region
Also interesting is the chart detailing votes per region, which gives an insight into political leanings of the representatives of each region in Argentina, and shows the contrast between voting patterns in the Lower House and the Senate. While the city and province of Buenos Aires both show a majority vote for the motion in the Lower House, other provinces reveal a different story. The further the region from the Capital, the more Deputies voted against the motion, especially in regions in the northwest of the country, such as Salta, La Rioja and San Juan. While generally the Senators follow these patterns or vote more decisively against the motion, Mendoza stands out as the only region where a majority of Senators voted for the bill, in comparison with the province’s Deputies, who have largely voted to reject it.
Votes Divided by Party
Less surprising are the votes based on Deputies’ political affiliation. As we can see, Cambiemos, Partido Justicialista, and Un País have all voted in the majority to reject the motion, and although Cambiemos has the highest number of undeclared voters, the ultimate result from the party will be a majority vote against the bill. Only Frente para la Victoria and the Left have voted almost entirely in favor of decriminalizing abortion.
You can follow the voting direct from Economía Femini(s)ta’s document here. With so much still to play for in these last few hours, the result will be a close one no matter what. The fate of the bill now rests in the hands of the undecided.