Argentinian Pro-Choice Party Activist Becomes First Mother to Die After Legal Abortion Procedure


A rising star in Argentina’s far-left, pro-abortion political party has become the first mother to die after undergoing a legal abortion. The South American nation legalized the practice in December.

23-year-old María del Valle González López had recently been elected as president of the youth section of the left-wing “Union Civica Radical” party which is associated with the Socialist International and is adamantly pro-abortion, according to LifeSiteNews.

The young woman reportedly passed away due to hemorrhage and general septicemia at a hospital in San Martine in the province of Mendoza earlier this month. She had undergone a legal abortion in nearby La Paz on April 7.

“There she was prescribed a medication – presumably misoprostol – and on Friday she began to feel ill. She was referred to the main healthcare facility in the eastern area of Mendoza, Perrupato Hospital, where they diagnosed a general infection that may have caused her death,” the Argentine newspaper Clarín reported, according to Catholic News Service.

Her death is now being investigated to determine if the death was related to the abortion or if she was subject to medical malpractice.

CNS notes that misoprostol is used in early pregnancy to induce an abortion and that bleeding and deadly hypovolemic shock are included among potential side effects. After the drug is administered, a woman typically undergoes a dilation and curettage, or D&C, to remove the baby’s remains.

If the equipment used for the D&C is inadequately sterilized or contaminated, the woman risks infection which can lead to septicemia or a generalized infection and ultimately even death.

Dr. Luis Durand, an Argentine surgeon, told CNS’s Spanish-language news partner that “until a few months ago, [abortion] was a criminal act in Argentine law.”

He insisted that abortion “is not a medical act, regardless of whether it’s legal or not.”

“A medical act must always seek to improve the situation of whoever undergoes the intervention, although circumstantially it may fail and be unsuccessful, but ‘interrupting the life’ of any human being in an intentional or premeditated way can never be considered a medical act,” he stated.

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