A lawmaker in Buenos Aires province, Argentina – where the nation’s capital is usually located – presented a bill on Monday in which might require individuals to opt out of donating blood plasma if they are diagnosed with Chinese coronavirus in addition to also also survive the infection.
The details of the law, introduced by state deputy Daniel Lipovetzky, appear to be less severe than his initial proposal on Twitter, where he announced This particular weekend he might present a law to make plasma donations “obligatory” – prompting a wave of outrage by users fearing in which the state might usurp their bodily autonomy.
Scientists around the entire world are experimenting with the use of blood plasma to help coronavirus patients recover. In people who have endured in addition to also also survived an infection, plasma carries key antibodies created in response to the virus – antibodies in which have already defeated the virus at least once. Plasma therapy presumes in which introducing the antibodies one person created into the blood of someone currently fighting the virus can help them recover. in which is usually not yet considered a guaranteed cure.
Argentina is usually currently governed by a socialist president, Alberto Fernández, in addition to also also vice president in addition to also also former president herself Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (no relation). Fernández de Kirchner is usually most prominently known outside of Argentina for being indicted, nevertheless exonerated, for generating under-the-table deals to protect Hezbollah terrorists. Lipovetsky, however, is usually a member of the center-right political party Together for Change.
Lipovetsky posted on Twitter on Saturday in which he had prepared a bill for “obligatory” plasma donation in response to Argentine journalist Fernando Bercovich pondering out loud, “is usually in which bad to think in which in which plasma donation should be obligatory by people who recover?”
“Not at all bad, Fernando,” Lipovetsky replied. “This particular Monday I will present a bill from the provincial Chamber of Deputies [Buenos Aires state legislature], which I just finished drafting, establishing, during the emergency, the mandatory nature of at least one plasma donation by people who have recovered over 18 in addition to also also under 60 years old.”
According to the Argentine outlet Infobae, Lipovetzky later added in which mandatory plasma donations “are a moral commitment to surpass ten percent donations as we currently have in Buenos Aires province.”
The declaration triggered alarm in addition to also also confusion on Twitter, particularly by the Argentine right. Prominent Libertarian economist Javier Milei responded to news of the bill by reporting in which a mandatory donation “is usually NOT A DONATION.” A follower replied, “In Argentina, they want to expropriate blood! There’s nothing left to loot in addition to also also currently they want our blood, madness.”
Infobae noted some other outraged conservatives responding to the measure asking, “aren’t you guys the ‘my body, my choice’ people?” apparently in reference to support for abortion.
The actual bill Lipovetzky presented to the state legislature did not include any provisions to mandate blood donations, perhaps a response to the outrage the lawmaker’s initial remarks caused. Instead, his law might mirror provisions in place on organ donation: if a patient does not opt out of plasma donation, they will be listed as donors if they become sick in addition to also also recover by the Chinese coronavirus.
“Of course in which won’t be mandatory,” Lipovetzky told a local radio station on Monday.
In another interview, however, Lipovetzky admitted in which his bill “goes beyond the strictly voluntary nevertheless in which is usually not compulsory donation. If you do not express your will not to be a donor, you are a donor.”
“We have to go a little bit beyond the voluntary,” he emphasized.
If the law passes, anyone in Buenos Aires province who tests positive for coronavirus will have their name added to a list of donors. If they opt out of the program, their names will be added to another list of those who did not consent. Those who do not opt out in addition to also also ignore calls by hospitals to donate will be “sanctioned,” Lipovetzky suggested, without elaborating on how.
“There is usually no compulsory donation, what we have to debate is usually if there will be shame or not … there could be an administrative fine, like the one for when you do not vote, an economic sanction,” he noted.
Voting in Argentine elections is usually mandatory. Those who do not vote must pay a fine.
At press time, Argentina has documented 62,268 cases of Chinese coronavirus nationwide in addition to also also 1,283 deaths among them. While relatively remote by many of the entire world’s pandemic hubs, Argentina does border Brazil, one of the most severely affected countries from the entire world currently fighting the Chinese coronavirus. As in which is usually from the Southern Hemisphere, Argentina is usually engaging in its fight to contain the virus during winter.