Argentina’s Senate approved a bill legalizing abortion for all babies up to 14 weeks of pregnancy, setting off mass celebrations in the streets.
On November 22, a letter to a group of women from Buenos Aires’ slums, Pope Francis, who hails from Argentina, wrote that the issue of abortion “is not primarily a religious matter but a matter of human ethics, preceding any religious confession.” He added, “And it’s good for us to ask two questions. Is it fair to eliminate a human life to resolve a problem? Is it fair to hire a hitman to resolve a problem?”
In an overnight vote on Wednesday morning, the Argentina Senate approved the pro-abortion legislation.
The Senate voted 38-29 early Wednesday morning to approve the bill. It wasn’t clear if President Fernandez signed the bill immediately but Fernandez praised its passage on Twitter, writing: “Safe, legal and free abortion is law.”
“Today we are a better society that expands rights to women and guarantees public health,” he continued.
Previously it was illegal to kill an unborn baby in an abortion except for very rare cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother.
The Catholic bishops of Argentina issued a strong message Monday attacking their political leaders’ “feverish obsession” with legalizing abortion instead of working to alleviate the real suffering in their country.
In a statement Monday, “the Catholic bishops said legalizing the killing of unborn babies in abortions will not help the many people who are suffering,” Crux reports.
“In recent weeks, the panorama has darkened: The political option has become an incomprehensible urgency, a feverish obsession to establish abortion in Argentina, as if it had something to do with the sufferings, fears and concerns of the most of the Argentines,” the bishops said in the statement.
Fernández and other pro-abortion leaders were urged to stop pushing to legalize abortions and instead “defend the human rights of the weak in such a way that we do not deny them even if they were not born.”
“There are thousands of health and social issues to be solved, which require our full attention: from the problems of vaccination to the number of very sick people who this year have not received adequate medical care, to women who suffer violence or do not have a decent work. But what is being offered to them at this harsh and uncertain moment is abortion, and that is a blow to hope,” the bishops continued.