Abortion

Abortion and Mental Health

A court in Argentina found a woman and the doctors who prescribed her abortion medications, were not guilty of any crime because the woman’s health was at risk. The woman was pregnant because her partner raped her. 

  • Country: Argentina
  • Edition: 2017
  • Visits: 5327
  • Court: National Criminal Court No. 16
  • Date of the Decision: 06/06/2016
  • Votes: 1361

A victim of gender-based violence became pregnant as the result of a sexual assault committed against her by her partner. Not wishing to carry the pregnancy to term, as it was the result of extreme violence, including sexual violence, she went to a clinic to seek abortion services.

The attending medical team assessed her personal, social, and psychological situation and decided the abortion was legal on the basis of risk to the patient’s mental health. They provided her with medications and gave her instructions on how to use them to terminate the pregnancy. A few days later, she returned to the clinic and reported that she had not been able to take the medications because her partner had taken them from her. The doctors gave her a new prescription, and she was able to terminate the pregnancy safely and legally. 

Her former partner reported her for “deliberately terminating her pregnancy” and the two healthcare professionals for “providing cooperation and supplying medications” for the abortion. The case was heard by National Criminal Court No. 16. 

In her ruling, the judge found that the woman and the two doctors were not guilty of any crime because the woman’s health was at risk. This is a major step forward in abortion rights in Argentina, as it recognizes harm to mental health due to gender-based violence as a legal basis for abortion. 

The decision is available in Spanish.


Judges who issued the decision

Laura Graciela Bruniard

COMMENTS

  • Elena

    Muy buena decisión. El cuerpo de la mujer pertenece a la mujer, y no al estado ni a su pareja, menos cuando esta última hizo uso del mismo contra la autonomía y dignidad de ésta mujer.
  • Alejandro Leiterfuter

    Este caso no intenta generar valoracion cualitativa acerca de las diversidad de opiniones emitidas en torno al aborto. Este caso hace foco en la necesidad de proteger a las victimas de los psicópatas que, distendidos gracias a una "Justicia injusta", continuaban , hasta ahora, actuando deliberadamente, sometiendo y arruinando las vidas de las mujeres que tenían que gestar en su vientre el fruto de quizás el peor momento de sus vidas. Aplaudo la decisión judicial de proteger a la verdadera victima, que gracias a este fallo ejemplar, tendrá la posibilidad de tramitar saludablemente el trauma vivido, para luego, quizás, darse la oportunidad de gestar en su vientre el fruto del amor y no de su tormento. Voto positivamente por este caso. Voto por una "Justicia justa". Lic. Alejandro Leiterfuter.
  • Silvina

    En tiempos en los que el partidismo político y la religión nos fuerza a polarizarnos en "aborto sí o aborto no" surge este fallo histórico que prioriza el derecho de las Mujeres ante la violencia de género. No puedo dejar de mencionar estas palabras del Dalai Lama. "El mundo se transformará a través de las Mujeres occidentales" : Debemos recuperar el amor, la sabiduría y la intuición femenina y llevarla a las esferas de poder, cambiar el sistema desde el mismo sistema. Gracias Laura Bruniard por trabajar desde la justicia en esta transformación!
  • Pedro

    En una nación que todavía confunde los mandatos religiosos con los derechos civiles, este fallo muestra cuán sencillo y justo es interpretar las leyes en favor de las víctimas reales.

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