Abortion Bill gets nod in Argentina
Buenos Aires, June 14: Lawmakers in Pope Francis’ native Argentina on Thursday narrowly approved a bill to legalise abortion during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.
Thousands of abortion rights activists cheered and hugged outside the Congress as the lower house Chamber of Deputies passed the Bill by 129 votes to 125.
The Bill will now go before the Senate, where it faces an uphill battle to become law.
Analysts note that more senators have spoken out against the Bill than in its favour.
The debate has divided Argentine society. Though Argentina became the first Latin American country to legalise same-sex marriage in 2010, it remains strongly influenced by the Catholic Church and by the Pope, who was formerly the archbishop of Buenos Aires. “It’s the time of women’s rights,” said Silvia Lospennato, a member of President Mauricio Macri’s coalition. — AFP