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Argentina legalizes abortion in historic vote

Argentina legalizes abortion in historic vote
Argentina has become the first major Latin American country to legalize abortion. The country’s Senate voted early Wednesday to allow elective abortions up to the 14th week of pregnancy, a historic moment for the women’s rights movement in a largely conservative and Catholic region.

Pope Francis’ homeland is only the third country in South America to legalize the practice, followed by Uruguay and Guyana.” Pope Francis also appeared to weigh in on the issue moments before the Argentine Senate began debating the bill Tuesday.Vatican investigates Pope Francis' Instagram account for ‘liking’ bikini model’s racy photo » “This historic moment cannot be understated; a similar bill was put forth to the Senate in 2018 and was narrowly defeated,” the group’s director general, Alvaro Bermejo, said in a statement.The country’s Senate voted early Wednesday to allow elective abortions up to the 14th week of pregnancy, a historic moment for the women’s rights movement in a largely conservative and Catholic region.

Argentina has become the first major Latin American country to legalize abortion.In most Latin American nations — including the continent’s largest, Brazil — abortion is only allowed in cases of rape or if the mother’s life is at risk.

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