Argentine Senate rejects legalizing elective abortion - 8/9/2018 1:41:35 AM

Argentina's abortion campaigners braced for crucial vote

On Thursday morning, Argentina's Senate voted to reject a proposed bill that would have legalized abortion in the country.

Senators debated for more than 15 hours before voting 38-31 in the early hours of Thursday against the measure, which would have allowed abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.

The bill was passed by Congress's lower house in June by the narrowest of margins.

The Senate debate revealed deep divisions in Argentina, where support for decriminalizing abortion drew stronger support in Buenos Aires, the capital, than in the more conservative provinces.

Pro-abortion campaigners have for years tried to get bills passed, but their efforts gained new impetus when President Mauricio Macri - who himself opposes abortion - called on Congress to consider it.

Now abortion is allowed in Argentina only in cases of rape, or if the mother's health is in danger.

Argentina became the first Latin American country to legalize same-sex marriage in 2010.

On the day of the vote, Cardinal Mario Aurelio Poli celebrated Mass to pray for the vote's positive outcome.

Backers of the measure said legalizing abortion would save the life of many women who now turn to risky illegal abortions. These centers provide food, medical assistance, psychological counseling, and legal advice to pregnant mothers in difficulty. Will Argentina legalize abortion?

For the bill's advocates, legalising abortion is a matter of public health, with 43 women thought to have died past year after receiving abortions. Speaking with the conservative daily La Nación, Michetti said she would like to see a return to an outright abortion ban in all cases - something Argentina has not seen since 1921, when it adopted the law's exceptions.

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Among the demonstrators outside the Congress building as the debate went on was Daiana Anadon, leader of the feminist group Wave.

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.

Argentina and Brazil are not the only Catholic nations where abortion has been at the forefront of the national conversation in recent months.

Chile's Constitutional Court previous year upheld legislation ending the Andean nation's absolute ban on abortions, permitting the procedure when a woman's life is in danger, when a fetus is not viable or in cases of rape.

"We're not deciding abortion yes or now".

However, Celia Szusterman, director of the Latin America programme at the London-based Institute for Statecraft, told CNN that is was "a step backward for women's rights and women's health".

The Senate also could modify the bill and return it to the lower house.

It is also legal in Mexico City.

The legalization bill can not be debated again until 2019, although some advocates of removing abortion restrictions have suggested promoting a bill for decriminalization as an alternative, according to Crux. "Children should be accepted as they come, as God sends them, as God allows, even if at times they are sick", he said.

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