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Teen Abortion Advocate Officially Youngest Lawmaker in Latin America

Ofelia Fernández

“Chiquita no me digas,” (Don’t call me little girl) Ofelia Fernández told a pundit during a heated televised debate in late 2017, demonstrating her strength and potential from the start of her young career.

That moment proved to be the political juggernaut the teen activist needed, amassing 338,000 Instagram followers and gathering over 200,000 women in protest over the past year. “With sensitivity, sisterhood, and gathering together, we’re going to knock it all down,” Foreign Policy reported that she told the crowd at a recent and robust rally.

This week she has proven her word. While Ofelia’s leadership in Argentina’s movement to legalize abortion has yet to produce an official law, the 19-year-old became the youngest lawmaker in the history of Buenos Aires on Monday.

La Chiquita won her campaign for the capital’s legislature! Es re inspiradora, as they say in Argentina!

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Jessica Hoppe

Jessica Hoppe is a New York-based writer and social media strategist who founded her blog, Nueva Yorka, in 2015. She has been featured in Vogue, Yahoo, HuffPost, PopSugar, Who What Wear, Ravishly and worked as Lifestyle Editor for StyleCaster. Jessica has been passionate about writing, diversity and Latin American culture from an early age. Having grown up in a Spanish speaking home, her father is Ecuadorian and her mother is from Honduras.

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