Ar­gentina Congress passes abor­tion bill

Irish Examiner - - World News -

The lower house of Ar­gentina’s Congress has ap­proved a bill that would le­galise elec­tive abor­tion in the first 14 weeks of preg­nancy, send­ing the mea­sure to the Se­nate. Pres­i­dent Mauri­cio Macri has said he’ll sign the bill if it’s ap­proved.

The mea­sure has roused fierce pas­sions in the home­land of Pope Fran­cis, and yes­ter­day’s vote was tight: 129 to 123. Crowds of sup­port­ers and op­po­nents of the mea­sure watched the de­bate on large screens set up out­side Congress.

Ar­gentina now al­lows abor­tion only in cases of rape or risks to a woman’s health.

The Catholic Church strongly op­poses the new mea­sure.

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