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Thousands March in Argentina to Pressure Senate on Abortion Bill

Argentina's Senate took up debate on Wednesday on a bill that would legalize abortion in the country as protesters gathered outside.

The proposal, which would expand abortion rights beyond current laws that allow the procedure only in cases of rape or when the mother's health is at risk, passed the lower house last month by 129 votes to 125.

The bill, which would allow abortion through the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, may be amended by the Senate and sent back to the lower house.

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As the Senate began debate large crowds of supporters and opponents of the bill gathered outside, chanting, singing, praying and waving signs and banners.
As the Senate began debate large crowds of supporters and opponents of the bill gathered outside, chanting, singing, praying and waving signs and banners. Photo:Reuters
The proposal, which would expand abortion rights beyond current laws that allow the procedure only in cases of rape or when the mother
The proposal, which would expand abortion rights beyond current laws that allow the procedure only in cases of rape or when the mother's health is at risk, passed the lower house last month by 129 votes to 125. Photo:Reuters
Women rights group want an end to the unregulated abortions that, according to government data, are the country
Women rights group want an end to the unregulated abortions that, according to government data, are the country's leading cause of maternal mortality. Photo:Reuters
The proposal emphasizes the danger that poor women face in seeking the procedure under secret, illegal conditions.
The proposal emphasizes the danger that poor women face in seeking the procedure under secret, illegal conditions. Photo:Reuters
Senator and former Argentine President Carlos Menem arrives with his daughter Zulema as lawmakers meet to debate and vote on the bill
Senator and former Argentine President Carlos Menem arrives with his daughter Zulema as lawmakers meet to debate and vote on the bill Photo:Reuters
When he opened the 2018 session of congress in March, Macri said that although he was against abortion, the time had come to debate the issue and that he would sign the bill if it were approved by Congress.
When he opened the 2018 session of congress in March, Macri said that although he was against abortion, the time had come to debate the issue and that he would sign the bill if it were approved by Congress. Photo:Reuters
The bill would make Argentina the third country in Latin American to broadly legalize abortion, after Uruguay and Cuba.
The bill would make Argentina the third country in Latin American to broadly legalize abortion, after Uruguay and Cuba. Photo:Reuters
Religious activists, particularly in rural parts of the country, have pushed back against the measure.
Religious activists, particularly in rural parts of the country, have pushed back against the measure. Photo:Reuters
Published 8 August 2018
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