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Argentina to legalize abortion after historic Senate vote


#Senators in #Argentina voted early #Wednesday to legalize abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy by 38 votes to 29, with one lawmaker abstaining.

#Why it matters: The predominantly #Catholic country is the largest #Latin #American nation to vote to legalize elective abortion. #President #Alberto #Fernández has already pledged to sign the bill into law.

  • #Argentina is the birthplace of #Pope #Francis, who has previously voiced opposition to abortion, likening the procedure to hiring a “hitman.”
  • The pope weighed into #Argentina’s debate the day before the vote, “praising a women’s group from impoverished neighborhoods for its activism against abortion,” the #New #York #Times reports.

#Details: #Thousands of pro- and anti-abortion protesters waited outside #Argentina’s #Congress as lawmakers debated the measure for some 12 hours.

  • #Under the bill, exceptions to the elective 14-week abortion limit will be made in cases of rape and in regards to the health of a pregnant woman.
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The big picture: #Latin #America is known for its socially conservative views on abortion, with #Uruguay #Guyana and #Cuba the only nations in the region to permit abortions upon request.

  • #Abortions were previously only allowed in #Argentina in order to save a woman’s life or in cases of rape or incest. #Argentine senators have voted against nine abortion bills over the past 15 years, the #Washington #Post notes.
  • The #Roman #Catholic #Church’s domination in the country is decreasing as a feminist movement continues to rise, the NYT notes.

#What to watch: #Pro-abortion rights momentum is building in #Latin #America and #Argentina’s vote may influence other countries in the region to introduce similar measures, per the #Times.

#Editor’s note: #This article has been updated with new details throughout.



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