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The IVE Law is approved!

Aug 9, 2015
Achievement Points
Albalitor - Yesterday, the Federal Parliament approved the IVE Law - otherwise known as Ley de Interrupción Voluntaria del Embarazo - in a historic event for women's rights legislation in the country.

In a nation, in which the legality of and public opinion toward abortion has changed dramatically in the last 100 years, the new Palmerian legislation and public health policy provides for abortion on demand in the first 12 weeks of gestation, by application up to the 18th week, and thereafter only under special circumstances until the fetus is viable, which is presumed at 21 weeks and 6 days.

Pro-abortion activists at Albalitor.
After much preparation and activism, by among others several physicians and the Frente de Izquierda, respectively, the legislation passed with a one-vote majority the current law, which provides for abortion on demand in the first 12 weeks. Abortions after the end of the 12th week up to 18 weeks of pregnancy may be granted, by application, under special circumstances, such as the mother’s health or her social situation; if the baby is in great danger of severe medical complications; or if the woman has become pregnant while under-age, or after sexual abuse. After the 18th week the reasons for terminating a pregnancy must be extremely weighty. An abortion will not be granted after viability. Minor girls under 16 years of age need parental consent, although in some circumstances this may be overridden. Soon after the laws was passed, bishop Pedro Lozano resigned from his office in the Church of Palmeria in protest against the new legislation.

The new legislation is a major step forward in regards to the previous norm, which only decriminialized abortion in cases of rape and in regards of the mother's health.

"Legislation can only be understood as a complement to a broader policy of sexual rights that includes sex education as its conrerstone"- Raul Piedrabuena (SLM)