Lynn Morgan, “Reproductive Rights or Reproductive Justice? Lessons from Argentina. Health and Human Rights Journal. vol. 17. no. 1. (2015). DOI: 10.2307/healhumarigh.17.1.136

In the article, Morgan discusses the application of the “Nunca Mas” Campaign, which is a campaign regarding the disappearances of people during the dirty war dictatorship. Here we can see the how this “Nunca Mas” campaign is being re-implemented into a pro life campaign. This image was found on google images through the search “argentina reproductive rights”.

In the article “Reproductive Rights or Reproductive Justice? Lessons from Argentina”, the Author Lynn M. Morgan recounts her experience discussing the use of the term Reproductive Justice in Argentina instead of Reproductive Rights. This proposal caused an uproar within her audience, which posed Morgan to ask why. Morgan takes us through the debate of abortion in Argentina by looking at its political history. This background is that she offers is very fundamental for the understanding of the divide of the country. The value of Morgan’s work for this topic really lies in her exploration and historical cross analysis of why this divide exists in the first place and why the use of the term human rights is so vital. She discusses how the history of the dictatorship in Argentina influences and alters the debate, and how the country has a particular emotional charge with this particular issue because of their unique history.

This work comes from Harvard, a highly accredited university which adds a lot to its credibility. The piece itself isn’t necessarily written as academically as it could as there is a lot of self reflection by part of the author, but I think that this offers a particular insight that helps a person in a situation more similar to that of the author (students or other scholars from the US which is the general audience) understand to a greater extent something that can only be understood by lived experience. It uses the reader’s privilege to form a sense of confusion at the beginning to then uncover the answers of “why” just as the author had to do in her own study. The use of historical statistics and data, as well as modern data helps the credibility of the source.

This source is highly useful to discuss the reproductive rights debate in Argentina because it allows us to better understand the historical context that makes this particular country vary with regard to this issue. It gives an uncommon theory as to why these divisions exist as well as offers examples given by individual people to explain and advocate for their stance on this issue. For example, rather than just saying that things are a particular way in Argentina, Morgan offers quotations by Argentines that support her claims. This article creates a hybrid of historical and modern issues by looking at how the history of a particular place can give reason to be in favor or against a particular issue. It also looks at how important human rights is to Argentina, and analyzes how this affects reproductive rights (whether it be for or against).

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