This capital’s conservative mayor has agreed to designate five municipal hospitals to terminate pregnancies in certain circumstances after the Argentine Supreme Court slapped down a local judge for blocking an abortion for a rape victim, members of Mauricio Macri’s administration said Friday.
“Justice was done, common sense came first,” said Pablo Vicente, the attorney for the 32-year-old woman who became pregnant after being abducted and raped.
A Buenos Aires municipal hospital was set to terminate the woman’s pregnancy until Judge Myrian Rustan de Estrada issued an injunction blocking the procedure, granting a motion filed by the organization Pro-Vida (Pro-Life).
The Supreme Court, which ruled in March that a woman cannot be prosecuted for terminating a pregnancy caused by rape, handed down a decision Thursday night overturning Rustan’s injunction.
The high court’s intervention was hailed by opposition members of the Buenos Aires municipal legislature, several of whom filed a criminal complaint against Macri accusing him of illegally alerting Pro-Vida to the rape victim’s scheduled abortion.
“It’s an enormous step forward for women’s rights. As we demanded on the streets, in the courts and in the media, finally we achieved a legal authorization for a woman who has experienced a nightmare,” leftist municipal lawmaker Alejandro Bodart said.
Last week, the municipal legislature approved an ordinance decriminalizing abortion in the case of rape or a risk to the health of the mother.
But Macri, the scion of an industrial dynasty and former director of Argentina’s most popular soccer club, Boca Juniors, vetoed the measure.
“If Macri hadn’t vetoed the ordinance, if Macri could have understood the necessity of a law for decriminalized abortion, if Macri hadn’t engaged in maneuvers against these women victims, their lives and those of many others would have been more protected,” legislator Virginia Gonzalez Gass said.
Around 500,000 abortions are performed in Argentina every year, according to official estimates