Shifting “shifting legal visions” in Argentine constitutional law

The transformation of Argentine abortion law in the last fifteen years provides an interesting terrain to explore an additional shift in Latin American “shifting legal visions”: a shift towards pragmatic constitutional interpretation. Through the systematic revision of press coverage, interviews, court dockets, congressional transcripts, and civil society’s documents, the paper seeks to unpack, first, the role of context and, more specifically, that of legislative facts and public policy assessments in judicial and congressional deliberations on the constitutionality of abortion. To that effect, the paper analyses the empirical and public policy dimensions of the interpretive turn in the Supreme Court decision in F., A.L. and in the recent hearings considering the constitutionality of a new abortion bill before the House of Representatives and the Senate. Secondly, the paper connects these ideational changes with a series of legal education and research strategies.