Massive Crowd of Protesters Gathered in Argentina to Support New Bill to Legalise Abortion

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Argentine activists and lawmakers introduced a bill to Congress Tuesday that would legalize abortion for pregnancies up to 14 weeks. Last year, a similar bill passed the House but was defeated in the Senate.

Source: Agustin Marcarian/Reuters

 

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The Argentine lower house presented a bill on Tuesday to legalize abortion less than a year after the Senate rejected similar legislation, backed by a persistent groundswell of support from the abortion rights movement.

The new measure is essentially the same as last year’s legislation but adds protection for all women seeking an abortion in Argentina, regardless of sexual identity, while removing certain legal requirements that could slow judicial approval for an abortion.

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Source: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

 

Protesters clad in the trademark green bandanas that have become a symbol of the movement took to the streets of Buenos Aires to support the bill.

“In essence, the project is the same. But we’ve made some changes according to the lessons we learned last year,” said Nina Burgo, founder of the National Campaign for the Right to Legal, Safe and Free Abortion.

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Source: AFP

 The movement, backed by feminist groups galvanized in recent years to stop violence against women, has argued the legislation would end unregulated abortions that government data show is the leading cause of maternal deaths.

In August, the Senate voted 38 to 31 against the proposed measure, which would have legalized a woman’s right to seek an abortion into the 14th week of pregnancy. The bill had narrowly passed in the lower house in July.

“I can only hope that this time, vote their conscience and that they consider the children that die in these clandestine abortions,” student protester Abril Gonzalez on Tuesday.

Current Argentine law only permits abortions in cases of rape, or if the mother’s health is at risk.


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Massive Crowd of Protesters Gathered in Argentina to Support New Bill to Legalise Abortion
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Argentine activists and lawmakers introduced a bill to Congress Tuesday that would legalize abortion for pregnancies up to 14 weeks. Last year, a similar bill passed the House but was defeated in the Senate.
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