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Argentina Senate rejects voluntary abortion law

11 August, 2018, 10:04 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Argentina Abortion Bill: Country Braces for Historic Vote to Legalize Abortion

Argentina's Senate on Thursday rejected a bill to legalize elective abortion, a defeat for a grassroots movement that came closer than ever to achieving the decriminalization of the procedure in the homeland of Pope Francis.

The proposed legislation would have allowed abortions during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy for women and girls as young as 13.

While abortion-rights campaigners seemed to have a chance of success a few weeks ago, leaders of the Catholic Church spoke out against abortion, leading to senators from conservative provinces to vote against it, reported The New York Times. But she said legalization advocates will still campaign in her country, which is one of the few in the world to ban abortion under all circumstances.

The vote was welcomed by fireworks and shouts of joy among anti-abortion activists gathered outside of Congress.

Last June, Pope Francis-who is Argentinian-compared the practice of abortion to Nazi eugenics and ethnic cleansing.

The lower house of Congress has already passed the measure and Argentine President Mauricio Macri says he will sign it if approved by the Senate.

In 2016, DCleaks.com released documents from Open Society Foundations (OSF) revealing Soros funding of the abortion front group International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC) through his Women's Rights Program (WRP), which has been working in Europe, Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

Uruguay and Cuba are the only Latin American countries that now have broadly legalized abortion. While abortion-rights activists chanted "legal abortion at the hospital", the Catholic Church held a "Mass for Life", said the CNN.

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After a 15-hour debate, 31 senators voted in favour and 38 voted against a bill legalising abortion in the overwhelmingly Catholic country.

The move was also condemned by Amnesty International, which said Argentina had squandered an historic opportunity.

"This is just the beginning - our movement will continue till we get the right to abortion", she said. "We have to go to the causes of abortion and not abortion as a solution".

"Children are to be received as they come, as God sends them", he said.

Hundreds of doctors who opposed the bill had laid their white medical coats outside the presidential palace, while the pro-choice movement - in their signature green - held larger demonstrations and drew support from the likes of The Handmaid's Tale author Margaret Atwood and actress Susan Sarandon.

There are at least 350,000 illegal abortions in Argentina every year, the Ministry of Health estimates, though global human rights groups say the number may be higher.

"We need to make an effort to resolve this", she said. Chile had been the last country in South America to ban abortion in all cases, though several nations in Central America still have absolute prohibitions.

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