A gynaecologist in southern Río Negro province was found guilty on Tuesday of misconduct for failing to carry out a legally-warranted abortion on a woman who had been raped.
Leandro Rodríguez Last faces two years in jail after Judge Álvaro Meynet ruled him guilty of misconduct in a Cipoletti court in Río Negro province, a city which borders one of the Patagonia's largest cities, Neuquén.
Judge Meynet will sentence the doctor in the coming days, court officials confirmed.
"I'm upset about the ruling. The case does not end here. I will continue fighting for the truth. It is an adverse ruling. I am convinced of my innocence", he told La Mañana de Cipoletti, a local newspaper.
The case is symbolic given it has played out in court, and in the public, for the most part of Argentina's ongoing debate about the decriminalisation of abortion. A bill to the same effect failed to pass the Senate in August last year after successful passage through the Lower House.
The woman in question, whose identity remains unknown, sought treatment in the Fernández Oro Hospital in Cipoletti in January, 2017, requesting an abortion on the grounds she had been raped.
Hospital staff gave her an appointment to have a medical test in March, despite her request for an abortion, the court heard.