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‘Another worse’ offense does not cure rape, Argentinian judge rules in pro-life decision

Matthew Hoffman

BUENOS AIRES, October 11, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) - A judge in the Argentinean capital of Buenos Aires has issued an injunction prohibiting an abortion that was scheduled on a woman who was claimed to be a sex trafficking victim, noting that two wrongs won’t make a right.

“It is not right to palliate one of the victims by suppressing the life of the other,” wrote Judge Myriam Rustán de Estrada in her verdict. “It is not possible to repair damage by causing another, greater, and absolutely irreversible damage.”

“If the mother needs to repair the trauma she has suffered by cutting herself off completely from the child conceived, she will be able to do so as soon as the child is born, by means of the institution of adoption, but she cannot do so by means of eliminating him from the face of the Earth,” added Rustán de Estrada.

The ruling was the ironic result of an attempt by the mayor of Buenos Aires to defend himself from pro-abortion criticism, by proclaiming that legal abortions were occurring in the city under his administration.

Mayor Mauricio Macri recently announced his plans to veto pro-abortion legislation passed recently by the city’s legislature, due to the fact that it would permit abortions to any woman claiming to have been raped, without even having to file paperwork to that effect, and would allow girls as young as 14 to receive such abortions without parental consent.

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Following his veto announcement, Macri announced the impending “non-punishable” abortion to be carried out at the Ramos Mejía Hospital, on an unnamed 32-year-old woman, which would fall within city guidelines for such abortions.

However pro-life forces in the city acted quickly to save the life of the unborn child, filing suit in two different venues, and winning an injunction to stop the killing. Now Macri says he will appeal the ruling, as his socialist opposition denounces him for having revealed the abortion in the first place.

Pedro Andereguen, an attorney for the Pro-Family Association, told the press that “the abortion will not be carried out following the the notification of the judicial measure,” adding that “the right to life of the child cannot be subject to the decision of the mother. Non-punishment is one thing, but it is another to have right to do so.”

“The life of the child is not less than the suffering of the mother. That child is an unborn person,” said Andereguen.

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