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Gines Gonzalez Garcia

Gines Gonzalez Garcia (born 1945) is a medical doctor and was the Minister of Health and Environment of Argentina during the administrations of Presidents Eduardo Duhalde and Nestor Kirchner.

Gonzalez Garcia was born in San Nicolas de los Arroyos, Buenos Aires Province, and graduated as a surgeon at the National University of Cordoba. He first entered public service as the Minister of Health of Buenos Aires Province from 1988 to 1991. He was appointed Argentina's Minister of Health in January 2002, days after the congressional appointment of interim President Eduardo Duhalde, and ratified in his post by President Nestor Kirchner upon taking office in May 2003.

Gonzalez Garcia became the focus of a controversy in February 2005, when he was verbally attacked by the head military chaplain, Bishop Antonio Baseotto, because of the minister's public support of the legalization of abortion in Argentina , as well as his endorsement of sex education and his implementation of a program of free contraception and condom distribution programs. Clarin (2/28/2005) The dispute underscored both the influence of the Roman Catholic Church in Argentina, as well as the factious nature of local church-state relations themselves.

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Clarin (2/28/2005)

Pagina/12 (6/30/2009)

Ministerio de Salud y Ambiente

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