Buenos Aires Times

argentina Doubts remains about CFK’s vote

CFK’s Senate bloc to vote in favour of abortion: senator

Since a debate about abortion resurfaced this summer, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has not expressed her voting intention or even addressed the issue of abortion publicly.

Wednesday 14 March, 2018
Former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner meets with her Senate colleagues in the Instituto Patria in Buenos Aires.
Former president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner meets with her Senate colleagues in the Instituto Patria in Buenos Aires. Foto:CFK twitter

More Sports News

The majority of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s bloc in the Upper House will vote in favour of a bill to decriminalise abortion, a CFK ally has revealed.

However, doubts remain about the former president’s own voting intention given her historic opposition to abortion reform.

Santa Fe Senator María de los Ángeles Sacnun confirmed her bloc will “accompany” a vote on abortion from March 20 when the first bill is expected to reach Congress.

“My position in based on the need for public health policy that guarantees, cares for and protects the lives of thousands of poor women in Argentina who die as a result of clandestine abortions”, she told Radio Cultura.

Since a debate about abortion resurfaced this summer, the bloc's leader Fernández de Kirchner has not expressed her voting intention or even addressed the issue of abortion publicly, nor have any of her Senate colleagues commented on her position.

The Senate is the one major hurdle for proponents of  “legal, safe and free” abortion since sources close to President Mauricio Macri confirmed the head of state would not veto any changes to the existing law.

The bill has cross-party support but is largely expected to fail in the Senate. The so-called Kirchnerite bloc in the Lower House is expected to vote in favour of the bill.

-TIMES

Poll

Op-Ed

Top Stories

  1. 1Diego Simeone slams 'anarchic' Argentina in leaked recordingDiego Simeone slams 'anarchic' Argentina in leaked recording
  2. 2Jorge Sampaoli: 'After Croatia scored we were emotionally broken'
  3. 3Sampaoli: 'After Croatia scored we were emotionally broken'
  4. 4State of the Art (and Design)
  5. 5Senator Luis Naidenoff's wife, son found dead in Formosa home
  6. 6Sister of Dutch Queen Máxima found dead in Buenos Aires
  7. 7Argentina to grind to a halt Monday as unions' strike activity broadens
  8. 8Meeting the papal pilot: the man who flies Francis around the world
  9. 9Low-cost airlines ready for take-off in 2018
  10. 10Albiceleste plumb new depths as Caballero's blooper proves costly