BUENOS AIRES – With Argentines divided over the possibility of legalizing abortion, the street has overtaken physicians’ offices and the halls of government as the most active forum for that debate.
“Everything you want to know about to abort (a pregnancy) with pills safely at home,” is the message of a colorful poster distributed in various neighborhoods of Buenos Aires by the center-left political organization New Encounter.
For the past three years, New Encounter has been providing women with information about non-surgical ways to end a pregnancy.
The goal: “to bring the issue out of the closet” and spare women the burden of the vast social baggage about abortion, Emelina Alonso, secretary for gender issues at the Buenos Aires office of New Encounter, told EFE.
With more than 500,000 abortions a year, the procedure is part of everyday life in Argentina and needs to be “de-dramatized,” the activist said.
Using information released by the World Health Organization and the Argentine Health Ministry during the 2007-2015 administration of President Cristina Kirchner, the initiative is fulfilling a mission “that physicians have the obligation to fulfill and, regrettably, don’t,” Alonso said.
Abortion is illegal in Argentina except in the case of rape or danger to the health of the mother.
Last week, the Argentine Federal Police cracked down on a group providing clandestine abortions in greater Buenos Aires.
The group lured pregnant women to phony doctors’ officers where individuals with no medical training dispensed abortion-causing drugs.