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Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics at Harvard Law School

Engendering Democracy: The Significance of Abortion Legalization in Argentina



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In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this panel discussion will be held virtually, as an online webinar. To ensure that you will receive access to the livestream and be kept up to date on any changes to the event, register now. We will send out a link to the livestream of the event to all registrants the day before and day of the event. Last registration is 11:30am on the day of the event.

Event Description

In December 2020, first trimester abortion was legalized in Argentina with the passage of Law 27.610.  This historic move presents an inflection point for Argentine democracy, as well as a case study in how rights concepts can be deployed effectively to advance reproductive justice.

In this event, key actors in the long struggle for legalization — including representatives from the executive and the legislative branches of government, as well as civil society, together with legal academics and health professionals — will describe the complicated and multi-staged narrative of how Argentina arrived at this point.

Panelists will reflect on the legislation’s significance in engendering Argentine democracy, and consider challenges to implementation across a diverse country with a significant Catholic population. The discussion also will address the so-called “Green Wave” of feminist mobilization for this law, and its broader implications for advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender equality across the region.

Follow the conversation and submit questions on Twitter @PetrieFlom using #GreenWaveArgentina.


  • Chairs and Moderators: Alicia Ely Yamin, Senior Fellow, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School; Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health; Research Leader, Gender Sexuality and the Law Unit, UiB-CMI Centre on Law and Transformation; and Paola Bergallo, Director, Gender Team at Fundar; Associate Professor of Law, School of Law, Universidad Torcuato di Tella and Adjunct Researcher, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET)
  • Brenda Austin, Congresswoman, Unión Cívica Radical
  • Dora Barrancos, Senate Candidate, Frente de Todes
  • Sandra Formia, Obstetrician/Gynecologist, former Provincial Coordinator, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Santa Fe Province (2017-2019)
  • Natalia GherardiExecutive Director, Equipo Latinoamericano de Justicia y Género (ELA)
  • Vilma Ibarra, Legal and Technical Secretary, Presidency of Argentina
  • Silvia Lospennato, Congresswoman, PRO
  • Silvina Ramos, Technical Coordinator, National Plan for the Prevention and Reduction of Unintentional Pregnancy in Adolescence (Plan Enia); Advisor, National Directorate of Sexual and Reproductive Health of the Ministry of Health of the Nation




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