Hertha Torre Gallego

Wolf Humanities Center Undergraduate Fellow

20232024 Forum on Revolution

Hertha Torre Gallego

Executive Board, Wolf Undergraduate Humanities Forum
Health and Societies, Hispanic Studies

CAS, 2024

Hertha is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences double majoring in Hispanic Studies and Health and Societies, with concentrations in Global Health and Public Health. Originally from Madrid, Spain, her research interests primarily encompass public health infrastructures, maternal health, and family planning policies in the Latin American region. After spending her past summer in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she is researching the existing gap between recent progressive changes in abortion policy and lived realities of patients and providers in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Hertha is passionate about accessible health care through policy, and seeks to explore the intersection of culture and political development within a wider interpretation of sociology. Beyond her studies, she loves to read, play violin, and travel.

A Partial Revolution: Engaging with Realities of Abortion Reform in Argentina

In December 2020, the Argentinian Congress legalized abortion through the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, exemplifying the power of a massive feminist mobilization and starting a women’s rights movement revolution in Latin America. However, high rates of adolescent pregnancy and lack of access to reproductive education and healthcare remain high drivers of inequality and socioeconomic differences in Argentina, showcasing the difficulty of implementing this abortion policy. Thus, this project plans to study the existing gap between progressive policy and lived realities of patients and providers in Buenos Aires, Argentina. By drawing connections between history, sociology, and anthropology, this project will reveal broader attitudes or the utilization of abortion resources and practices, particularly related to personal experiences, access to healthcare services, and cultural beliefs.