BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (ChurchMilitant.com) - A pro-abortion group calling itself Catholic is demanding that a judge be charged with malfeasance after she ruled to suspend Argentina's new federal abortion law.
Catholic Women for Choice (Católicas por el Derechos a Decidir, or CDD) claimed that Judge Marta Aucar de Trotti illegally suspended in Chaco province Argentina's new law whose sweeping provisions grant "voluntary interruption of pregnancy."
According to the statement by CDD, led by activist Teresa Bosio, a complaint was filed with the prosecutor in the provincial capital of Chaco, which lies near neighboring Paraguay. The statement claims that Judge Aucar de Trotti was in breach of her duty for having made decisions that "are not based on law or are based on false facts."
Judge Aucar de Trotti suspended the law after receiving an appeal from pro-life groups in Chaco. The pro-abortion CDD statement read, "We warn that Judge Aucar did not carry out an analysis or objective justification of the petition of the plaintiffs, but rather that she accommodates her declaration to the interests of anti-rights actors."
CDD alleges the judge "ignores national and international regulations" pertaining to federal cases and is a "well-known anti-rights activist."
If Aucar de Trotti is found in violation of judicial regulations, she could face jail, fines and disbarment. The statement said that Aucar de Trotti is "well-known" for her pro-life convictions.
CDD is part of the continent-wide Latin American Network of Catholic Women for Choice, which receives funding and assistance from International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF).
From 2008–2018 alone, IPPF gave $5 million to promote abortion in Argentina. IPPF funding and support has been credited by pro-life campaigners for passing in December the country's sweeping abortion law, which allows abortion throughout fetal gestation for girls as young as 13.
Governor Jorge Capitanich of Chaco, a loyal member of the ruling Justicialist (Peronist) Party told the media on Jan. 29, "The law will be enforced."
Capitanich was elected in 2019, having held the position before (2007–2015). Known for being the "true symbol of corrupt politics" in Argentina, Capitanich served as the chief minister under Peronist president Cristina Kirchner, whose government was well-known as one of the most corrupt in Argentine history.
Capitanich said that his administration will "apply the law that was passed by Congress and is now a matter of public order." According to the governor, since abortion is "now the supreme law of the nation, it is now within federal authority to apply it."
While pleading that he was opposed to the law at the outset, Capitanich said that he and other governors "are agents of the federal government and must obey the constitution and supreme laws that guarantee its exercise from a constitutional point of view."
Argentina's Association of Catholic Lawyers released a statement defending Judge Aucar de Trotti for having suspended a law that "legalized the crime of abortion." Their statement said that her decision to suspend the abortion law was "the only suitable and truly effective means of avoiding the irreparable damage of definitively depriving the life of unborn human beings."
The group called on judges to follow Aucar de Trotti's example and refuse to bow to political pressure. They add that "judicial decisions are expressly governed by the mandatory application of the principle of the 'best interests of the child.'"
Founded by President Juan Perón in the 1940s, the Justicialist Party spawned the Peronist movement that bears his name, and which has been compared to fascism. While the Justicialist Party is the main branch, several parties in Argentina's Congress claim a Peronist heritage and appeal to the poor and labor unions.
In the 1950s, the future Pope Francis was a supporter of Peronism, whose adherents claim views based on Catholic social justice teachings. Peronist presidents have been in power off and on since the country's return to democratic elections in 1983 after a decade of military dictatorship and deadly Marxist insurrection.
The Justicialist Party and Peronism have a chameleon-like ability to reshape their ideology to win presidential elections amid allegations of millions of dollars stolen from public coffers and flirtations with dictatorships.
With the inauguration of Peronist president Alberto Fernández in 2019, the Frente de Todos (Everyone's Front) cobbled together the Justicialist Party with various Peronist and leftist parties. They aimed to advance sexual identitarian and feminist policies at odds with the Catholic and traditional values of Argentines living outside Buenos Aires.
In December 2020, Fernández fulfilled his promise to allow abortion through the last day of gestation if the mother can attest to rape, a danger to her health or a fetal abnormality.
Despite his support of abortion, Fernández and his female companion both received Holy Communion at the Vatican after an official visit to Pope Francis in early 2020.
The pope, who has been soundly criticized for a too-cozy relationship with pro-abort "friends" in government, has lobbied to address Argentina's debt problems, which have wiped out average citizens in a repeated cycle of the country going bust. Fernández and Francis have been called "two peas in a pod."
Argentine bishop Óscar Vicente Ojea Quintana of San Isidro, president of the Argentine bishops' conference, has said that the country's constitution protects the lives of the unborn.
Pro-life groups throughout Argentina are appealing to provincial governors to adhere to guarantees to the right to life enshrined in the national and provincial constitutions.
For example, pro-life psychologist Roxana Díaz Vergara called on Gov. Raúl Jalil of Catamarca to make the provincial constitution prevail over the abortion law.
In the appeal, Díaz Vergara wrote that Jalil, "as a representative of the people of Catamarca," should adhere to the provincial constitution, "which explicitly and far from any misinterpretation grants women the right 'to protection and comprehensive assistance of motherhood, as well as the reconciliation of her role as mother and homemaker with her work activity.'"
The letter added that the provincial constitution also guarantees to children "the right to life as of conception."
In San Juan province, pro-life lawyers called on the governor to flout the national abortion law, writing, "San Juan has a pro-life majority, as was shown in polls and legislators' votes, with one exception."
This came after Dr. Inés Garcés, a surgeon, resigned as director of a local hospital, citing her refusal to refer patients for abortion.
In an interview with Church Militant, Marcela Errecalde of the Blue Wave pro-life movement said that since 2006, when the Integral Sexual Education law was passed, the federal government has gradually imposed values consistent with sexual libertarianism, feminism and transgenderism. Public and private schools are required to provide sex education as a right to all students.
Since then, Errecalde pointed out, Peronist governments have successfully pushed for same-sex "marriage," allowing individuals to change the sex listed on their ID, and teaching transgenderism in schools. These values clash, Errecalde said, with the popular sentiment outside of Buenos Aires.
"For example, Chaco is strongly pro-life," Errecalde said, due to its "strongly evangelical Christian and Catholic people."
She also said that the country's interior is also squarely against transgenderism, citing the example of Tucumán province, which has refused so far to implement the national sexuality curriculum.
The members of the growing populist, pro-life Blue Wave movement throughout Latin America have adopted light blue as their identifying color in tribute to the Virgin Mary and several national flags. In contrast, feminists and pro-abortion forces have adopted green, which is also favored by environmentalists.
Argentina's own health minister has intimated that abortion is the "greatest universal genocide" facing humanity.