Why Alberto Fernández Bet Big on Progressive Reforms

By Jordana Timerman

The Argentine president’s abortion bill is part of a series of progressive nods to his weary base.

BUENOS AIRES – Argentine reproductive rights activists are hoping for a “green” Christmas this year after President Alberto Fernández re-launched the country’s debate over legal abortion on November 17, with a bill that would permit women to voluntarily end pregnancies until 14 weeks and guarantees free access to the procedure The president announced the proposal in a short video in which he sported a green tie, a color that has become the ubiquitous marker of pro-choice advocates The proposal’s timing is partly epidemiological; contagion rates have finally decreased enough to...

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