Olympic medalist Iñaki Mazza demanded his senator legalize abortion in response to her congratulatory message.
Mazza won the gold medal in BMX for Argentina in the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympics. Argentine Senator Miriam Boyadjian then congratulated him on Instagram stating, “Gold medal in BMX Freestyle for the Fuegianlñaki Mazza Iriartes! There’s a lot of joy in #TDF for the accomplishments of this athlete that is already making history in the #youtholympicgames2018.”
The 18-year-old athlete then fired back with a plea for legal abortion, responding, “Legalize abortion and rights for everybody!!!”
Some started responding with green hearts, reflecting the color that represents Argentina’s pro-choice movement. However, some questioned Mazza’s comment, stating that the abortion debate had nothing to do with someone congratulating the teen for representing his country in the games.
Mazza was quick to provide more details about his motives, stating, “I felt like saying this message before Miriam, because they haven’t helped me at all in my career, or in my life, I’ve been independent, and it’s fine that they’re proud of a sporting achievement, I wish I could say a sincere thanks…”