Court Blocks Abortion for Rape Victim in Argentina

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A court order announced on Tuesday stopped a rape victim from having an abortion in Argentina, and has ignited controversy in a country where it is legal to have an abortion in the case of rape. 

The operation was to be the first legal abortion performed in a public hospital following the reform passed by the Buenos Aires municipal legislature that states abortion is legal in the case of rape or in a case where the mother's health (and life) is severely impacted, reports Fox News Latino. The measure was first passed in March by the Argentine Supreme Court

The ruling came in response to a motion made by the Pro-Vida (Pro-Life) group to stop the abortion of a 32-year-old woman and rape victim. Argentine Health Minister Juan Manzur said that the case is outside his jurisdiction, as the hospital where the abortion was scheduled belongs to the municipality of Buenos Aires. He did, however, call the ruling a "rebellion."

"We charge the Buenos Aires municipal government for making public the place where the abortion was going to take place, because that allowed this Catholic Church organization to victimize this woman," Manuela Castiñeira, of the Las Rojas Women's Group, told reporters. Feminist and abortion groups demonstrated at the hospital.

Argentina has about 500,000 abortions per year, according to estimates. 

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