Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández wore a green tie last week to announce he was sending a bill to legalise abortion to Congress.
This is the ninth time a bill makes its way into Congress in Argentina – but this time there are high hopes that the executive’s support and the push by a grassroots movement will lead to real change.
Don’t worry, I haven’t changed my beat to Men’s Fashion, but this green tie *is* significant because green is the colour Argentines wear to identify themselves as pro-choice, as I wrote about in this piece about the movement.
And what’s happening in Argentina is incredibly important because it shows the power of grassroots movements in creating change. Of course this battle is not won yet, but having a male president wear a green tie and talk about the importance of legalised abortion as a public health issue sets an important precedent for a region with the most restrictive abortion rules in the world.
Why talk about abortion?
The right to abortion is, to me, a fundamental reproductive right, as I explained in a previous newsletter. Asking who has the right to decide when and how they get pregnant – and who doesn’t – is a key question at the heart of my research into the first 1,000 days of human life.…