Abor­tion Bill gets nod in Ar­gentina

Deccan Chronicle - - WORLD -

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

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