By Jonathon Van Maren
Last December, the Congress of Argentina narrowly legalized abortion after declining to do so only two years earlier in 2018. Ecstatic abortion activists predicted a “Green Wave” across South America; instead, the move triggered condemnation by many leaders — in Honduras, lawmakers even entrenched permanent protections for pre-born children to prevent abortion legalization in their own country. At the time, Argentinian pro-life leader Camila Duro told me that legalization would be challenged, and a judge in the northern province of Chaco granted an injunction against implementation soon thereafter.
On June 7, there was another significant judicial ruling in the battle to turn back the clock on abortion in Argentina. Camila Duro connected me with Alfredo M. Vitolo, a professor of constitutional law and human rights, to explain what is currently unfolding.
A week ago, Vitolo told me that “a federal court in the city of Mar del Plata, one of the largest cities in the country, has issued a preliminary injunction, enjoining the enforcement of the law throughout Argentina.” This injunction “will remain in place until the judge rules on the merits of the case. It should be noted that the injunction is not yet firm, having been appealed by the Argentine government, and that the main ruling on the merits of the case is yet to come.”