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Offbeat Argentina Lawmakers Approve Bill to Legalize Abortion by Tiny Margin

19:46  14 june  2018
19:46  14 june  2018 Source:   time.com

Argentine Congress prepares for historic abortion vote

  Argentine Congress prepares for historic abortion vote Lawmakers in conservative Argentina prepared to vote Wednesday on a decisive bill to legalize abortion which if passed, would make it the most populous Latin American country to do so. The debate has divided Argentinian society. Though it became the first Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage in 2010, it remains strongly influenced by the Catholic Church and by its native son, Pope Francis.The session in the lower house Chamber of Deputies was expected to continue into the night before a vote is taken, likely in the early hours of Thursday.

By Nicolás Misculin. BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Dozens of Argentine lawmakers of all political stripes presented a bill to legalise abortion on Tuesday, launching a debate that promised to divide a deeply Catholic nation.

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Dozens of Argentine lawmakers of all political stripes presented a bill to legalise abortion on Tuesday, launching a debate that promised to divide a deeply Catholic nation.

a group of people wearing costumes: Pro-choice activists celebrate outside the Argentine Congress in Buenos Aires, on June 14, 2018, shortly after lawmakers approved the bill. © Eitan Abramovich – AFP/Getty Images Pro-choice activists celebrate outside the Argentine Congress in Buenos Aires, on June 14, 2018, shortly after lawmakers approved the bill.

After a marathon debate, Argentina’s Congress approved a bill Thursday to legalize abortion.

The bill passed by a razor-thin margin, with 129 lawmakers voting to legalize elective abortion up to 14 weeks of pregnancy, while 125 voted against and one abstained.

The bill, which also includes measures to widen access to sexual health education and contraceptives, will now go to the Argentine Senate. If it is approved there, Argentina — a predominantly Catholic country and the birthplace of Pope Francis — would have one of the most liberal abortion regimes in Latin America.

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BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Dozens of Argentine lawmakers of all political stripes presented a bill to legalize abortion on Tuesday, launching a debate that promised to divide a deeply Catholic nation. Medical News from Reuters Health News. Argentina lawmakers present bill to legalize abortion .

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Dozens of Argentine lawmakers of all political stripes presented a bill to legalize abortion on Tuesday, launching a debate that promised A man stands next to a grafitti that reads " Legal abortion to not die" outside the Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina , March 6, 2018.

Abortion is currently almost completely illegal in Argentina, except in cases of rape or when the life or health of the woman is at risk. In the region, only Cuba, Uruguay, Guyana, and one Mexican state allow abortion in cases other than rape, fatal fetal abnormality and threat to the mother’s life. In Argentina’s neighbor Chile, even these exemptions were only introduced in 2017.

President Mauricio Macri opposed legalization, but has pledged to respect parliament’s decision and sign the bill into law if lawmakers approve it.

The pre-vote debate took 19 hours, with several undecided lawmakers waiting till the last minute to state their position and some changing their mind in the hours before the vote at 10 a.m. local time.

Pro-abortion rights campaigners had gathered outside the Congress building in downtown Buenos Aires on Wednesday and immediately began celebrating when the result was announced, with many expressing their reaction on social media.

“The World Cup starts today but in Argentina we’re celebrating something else,” said one campaigner, posting a video of the moment the result was revealed.

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