Interview: Brenda Austin, pro-abortion Argentinian congresswoman


Brenda Austin was one of the four congresswomen who introduced the bill that would have legalized abortion up to 14 weeks of pregnancy in Argentina.

The bill passed through Argentina’s Chamber of Deputies in June 2018 but was halted by the more conservative Senate last week, with 38 votes against and 31 for. Pro-choice lawmakers will have to wait till next year to re-introduce a similar bill.

Brenda Austin is a member of the Union Cívica Radical party and represents the Argentinian province of Córdoba. WikiTribune will interview her this week.

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Questions

  1. Can you tell me a bit about the strategy you decided on for this year?
  2. How would you qualify this year’s effort? Success, failure,etc?
  3. The Church seemed to have quite an important role in ultimate rejection of the bill in the Senate. Were you counting on that, and how are you planning to counter this in the future?
  4. What do you say to anti-abortion activists who say that the state should work to “defend both lives”?
  5. Do you believe that outside “interventions” like the New York Times ad help?
  6. What next?
    • Will you reintroduce bill next year?
    • Will your strategy change?
    • How?
  7. More generally, are we seeing the rise of feminist politics in Argentina? What do you think that says about Argentinian society?
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