The Federal Court ordered a suspension of the enforceability of the new abortion law across the country pending the Supreme Court hearing. As Judge Alfredo López explained, his decision was dictated by the likely inconsistency with the constitution.
Under the current legislation, abortion was allowed only in cases of rape or a threat to the mother’s life. The law passed at the end of last year legalized abortion on demand until the 14th week of pregnancy. It aroused strong opposition from the Catholic part of society and the episcopate. It was also previously declared unconstitutional by the San Luis provincial court.
Supreme Court on the protection of life
According to the Catholic news agency ACI Prensa, a private person filed a complaint about the unconstitutionality of the abortion law, also stating that it was “contrary to the international obligations assumed by the Argentine state on the basis of comprehensive protection of the right to life from conception.” The complainant requested ‘that a precautionary measure be taken to order a suspension [przepisów]”, For which” the right to life of unborn children is at risk “.
Judge López’s comment shows that the Supreme Court is likely to uphold its interpretation. “[Sąd Najwyższy] confirmed in successive judgments the right to health protection – including the right to life – and underlined the urgent obligation of public authorities to guarantee this right with positive action. (…) He stated [ponadto]that the right to life is the first human right that is recognized and guaranteed by the national constitution, ”he said.
Argentine supporters of life enthusiastically embraced the ruling. One of them, former presidential candidate Alejandro Biondini, commented on the case, describing the new abortion law as a “genocidal law.”
– The judicial declaration of the unconstitutionality of abortion issued by federal judge Mar del Plata Alfredo López is a great triumph in favor of our unborn children, but we must work and vote well in legislatures to permanently repeal this genocidal law of Congress, Biondini wrote on Twitter.
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