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Engendering Democracy: The Significance of Abortion Legalization in Argentina
September 14 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
In December 2020, first trimester abortion was legalized in Argentina with the passage of Law 27.610. This historic move presents an inflection point for Argentine democracy, as well as a case study in how rights concepts can be deployed effectively to advance reproductive justice.
In this event, key actors in the long struggle for legalization — including representatives from the executive and the legislative branches of government, as well as civil society, together with legal academics and health professionals — will describe the complicated and multi-staged narrative of how Argentina arrived at this point.
Panelists will reflect on the legislation’s significance in engendering Argentine democracy, and consider challenges to implementation across a diverse country with a significant Catholic population. The discussion also will address the so-called “Green Wave” of feminist mobilization for this law, and its broader implications for advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender equality across the region.
- Chairs and Moderators: Alicia Ely Yamin, Senior Fellow, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School; Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health; Research Leader, Gender Sexuality and the Law Unit, UiB-CMI Centre on Law and Transformation; and Paola Bergallo, Director, Gender Team at Fundar; Associate Professor of Law, School of Law, Universidad Torcuato di Tella and Adjunct Researcher, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET)
- Brenda Austin, Congresswoman, Unión Cívica Radical
- Dora Barrancos, Senate Candidate, Frente de Todes
- Sandra Formia, Obstetrician/Gynecologist, former Provincial Coordinator, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Santa Fe Province (2017-2019)
- Natalia Gherardi, Executive Director, Equipo Latinoamericano de Justicia y Género (ELA)
- Vilma Ibarra, Legal and Technical Secretary, Presidency of Argentina
- Silvia Lospennato, Congresswoman, PRO
- Silvina Ramos, Technical Coordinator, National Plan for the Prevention and Reduction of Unintentional Pregnancy in Adolescence (Plan Enia); Advisor, National Directorate of Sexual and Reproductive Health of the Ministry of Health of the Nation
Sponsored by the Global Health and Rights Project (GHRP), a collaboration between the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School, the Global Health Education and Learning Incubator (GHELI) at Harvard University, Fundar, and the Andes & Southern Cone Program at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University.