How “Light Blue Wave” Movement Lost Argentina
Officially from 3000 women in Argentina die every year of clandestine abortion operations. Abortion decriminalization law is not a matter of letting abort or not, it is a matter of saving women’s lives.
Argentinian pro-life movement “Light Blue Wave” fails to stop pro-choice activists 8A which leads to the historic moment of the country, where termination of pregnancy is legal and it’s the law.
It’s been 15 years since the activists of the pro-choice movement have been trying to make abortions legal in Argentina. The feminist activists started the movement in 2005 with the motto “Educación sexual para decidir, anticonceptivos para no abortar, aborto legal para no morir”, which means “Sex education to decide, contraceptives not to abort, legal abortion so as not to die.”
Thus the demands of the activists were clear and common:
- decriminalization of abortions;
- installing basic human rights for women;
- make abortion a matter of public health.
It took 14 years to persuade the congressmen to make these demands a law.
In 2006 the first version of the Bill was passed to the senate. After in 2007 and 2009 it was displayed to the Chamber of Deputies of the Nation. In 2010 it got 50 signatures of the blocks which meant that the ice had been broken.
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who was the president of Argentina from 2007–2015, a left-wing social democrat with populists rhetorics, supported the movement and made it possible to go further. In 2018, when Macri, a conservative replacement of Kirchner came to power, Aborto Legal movement stayed strong although the president of the country provoked polarization of the country on the anti-abortion agenda. This year the Senate rejected again the Bill, which allowed the voluntary termination of pregnancy.
Light Blue Wave
In 2018 pro-life movement “Light Blue Wave” exploded with the slogan “Save the Two Lives”, backed up by Catholic and Protestant churches, supported pro-life activists. The movement was backed up not only by religious propaganda but also overlapped the rhetorics of the democrats. It spread in the whole of Latin America, not Argentina only.
The new believers wore light blue head scarfs and claimed to support the women from slums, who are affected the most by the abort criminalization. Some protests of the Ola Celeste movement ended up in the blood. In 2019, the Bill by National Campaign for the right to legal, safe, and free abortion was presented to the senate again. Here president Fernandez supported it and the pro-choice activists’ movement.
Women who are affected the most by the criminalization of abortions are the women from slums. These women suffer both from clandestine abortions and lack of basic human rights, respect, and education. Ironically, the pro-life subpoena is mostly supported by the women and men from these slums, religious masses, and recruited pro-life activists.
It’s not the end of the Ola Celeste movement, it’s only the first step towards fulfilling basic human rights for women in Argentina. At the same time, radicalizing the right-wing pro-life movement won’t stop with this failure but will try to reverse the law at the earliest opportunity.