Popular referendum to call for a referendum against the decriminalization of abortion in Uruguay

The referendum on the decriminalization of abortion in Uruguay was held on 23 as June as 2013 , on the whole republic. It was to consult the public if enable a referendum to repeal in its entirety the Law No. 18,987 , 1 in reference to abortion by women, enacted on 22 of October of 2012 . The election was not mandatory, and was enabled thanks to the collection of signatures made at the beginning of 2013 of 2% of the total qualified to vote in Uruguay. 2

To achieve enabling the referendum , it was necessary to obtain 25% of votes in favor and this result has been obtained, would have enabled such mandatory referendum to maintain or repeal in its entirety the law, in the month of October of the same year . Finally, accessions to the popular consultation reached 8.92% of those eligible to vote, well below the 25% required to enable a mandatory referendum on this issue. 3

Papeleta

For that election, there was a single ballot paper authorized by the Electoral Court whose text specified:

I appeal the referendum against the whole of Law No. 18,987, of October 22, 2012 (voluntary termination of pregnancy).

Electoral Campaign

The signature collection was proposed by sectors of the National Party, although it was headed by the deputy Pablo Abdala . This collection achieved the necessary number of signatures quickly and they were delivered to the Electoral Court a few months after the campaign was launched. 4 Once the signatures are enabled , an advertising campaign supported by Catholic groups begins , some sectors of the National Party and the Colorado Party and some civil organizations, such as Uruguay for life .

In parallel came a campaign against “I do not vote, ¿and you?”, Promoted by sectors of Frente Amplio and other civil organizations, including MYSU (Women and Health in Uruguay) 5 and Cotidiano Mujer, 6 among others .

Also played a very important role social networks, where under the hashtags , the campaign became even more media. 7

The national commission Pro Referendum, through its website, 8 launched a campaign of adhesion and advertising spots, where it had the presence of figures known in the Uruguayan environment, such as Claudia Fernández , Sara Perrone , Mario Saralegui , Juan Carlos López , Julio Frade , among others. 9 is also involved in this spot, the priest Gonzalo Aemilius , known as one of the main guests, when he assumed the papacy Francisco I .

On June 17, 2013, Claudia Fernandez retracted and asked the Pro Referendum set to be removed from the promotional video of the campaign, although I clarified that I would go to vote. 10

Some of the main politicians who voted in favor of the call were: Pablo Mieres , 11 Pedro Bordaberry , 12 Luis Lacalle Pou , 13 Pablo Abdala , 14 Jorge Batlle , 15 Tabare Vázquez , 16 José Amorín Batlle , 17 Sergio Abreu , 18 Jorge Larrañaga , 19 Jorge Gandini 20 and Javier Garcia . 21 The only former president who did not support the referendum was Julio María Sanguinetti . 22

Result

The popular referendum reached 8.92% of adhesion, reason why the objective was not reached, and there will be no referendum . The Law will remain in force as it was sanctioned. 2. 3

  • Enabled: 2,620,772
  • Votes: 240,109
    • In favor: 233,683
    • In white: 1,408
    • Annulled: 390
    • Observed:

References

  1. Back to top↑ Parliament.gub.uy. “Act No. 18.987 VOLUNTARY INTERRUPTION OF PREGNANCY” .
  2. Back to top↑ «Collection of signatures against abortion law gains momentum» . The country. January 12, 2013.
  3. Back to top↑ montevideo.com (June 24, 2013). “There will be no referendum on abortion. The club of the eight. ” . Retrieved on June 24, 2013 .
  4. Back to top↑ Valeria Gil (March 5, 2013). “Abortion: signatures are given to call a referendum .” The country.
  5. Back to top↑ Hacelso Valer (2013). «Official Page» . Retrieved on June 23, 2013 .
  6. Back to top↑ Everyday Woman (2013). «Alerta Naranja – The 23 do not vote» . Retrieved on June 23, 2013 .
  7. Back to top↑ EFE – Agency (June 22, 2013). «Uruguay completes campaign to repeal decriminalization of abortion» . The Times.
  8. Back to top↑ Voice and Vote (June 2013). «Official Page» . Archived from the original on November 27, 2015.
  9. Back to top↑ http://www.youtube.com/user/VozyVotoUruguay?feature=watch
  10. Back to top↑ «Claudia Fernández:” As I think it was not clear, I preferred to be outside . ” June 17, 2013. Accessed June 23, 2013 .
  11. Back to top↑ The Observer (June 23, 2013). “Mieres expects high attendance .” Retrieved on June 23, 2013 .
  12. Back to top↑ El País (June 23, 2013). «Bordaberry on a plebiscite:” You feel like the archer of Tahiti. ” »
  13. Back to top↑ UNoticias (June 23, 2013). «Lacalle Pou:” It is a day of conscience and each one has his own “» . Archived from the original on November 27, 2015 . Retrieved on June 23, 2013 .
  14. Back to top↑ The Observer (June 23, 2013). “Abdala highlighted an instance of” collective reflection ” . Retrieved on June 23, 2013 .
  15. Back to top↑ The Observer (June 23, 2013). “Batlle supports a referendum .” Retrieved on June 23, 2013 .
  16. Back to top↑ UNoticias (June 23, 2013). Vazquez Vazquez: “There are things that do not measure political costs, when I say one thing … I say one thing. ” ” Consulted on June 23, 2013 .
  17. Back to top↑ UNoticias (June 23, 2013). “Amorín Batlle assured that it is a matter of conscience where each person votes what seems to him .” Retrieved on June 23, 2013 .
  18. Back to top↑ UNoticias (June 23, 2013). «Sergio Abreu voted and will wait for the results at the headquarters of the UNoticias campaign» . Retrieved on June 23, 2013 .
  19. Back to top↑ UNoticias (June 23, 2013). ‘Larrañaga: This is a stage that can lead to the final consultation on the’ merits of the case ‘ . Retrieved on June 23, 2013 .
  20. Back to top↑ UNoticias (June 23, 2013). «Jorge Gandini voted and stressed the work of the militants» . Archived from the original on November 27, 2015 . Retrieved on June 23, 2013 .
  21. Back to top↑ UNoticias (June 23, 2013). “Garcia said that whoever summons the people submits to what he decides .” Archived from the original on November 27, 2015 . Retrieved on June 23, 2013 .
  22. Back to top↑ Sanguinetti against abortion referendum – El País, May 17, 2013
  23. Back to top↑ Back to the list↑ Final results Primary Scrutiny at 06/27/13 16:15.