Argentina’s Senate to Make Historic Vote on Bill Legalizing Abortion

Argentina’s Senate is set to vote on an abortion bill on Dec. 29, placing Argentina on the verge of making history as the first major Latin American country to allow women to terminate pregnancies.

Argentina’s Senate is set to vote on an abortion bill on Dec. 29, placing Argentina on the verge of making history as the first major Latin American country to allow women to terminate pregnancies.

The 72-member Senate will hold a session on Dec. 29 at 4 p.m. to debate on a bill that will legalize abortion after the lower house of Congress approved it earlier this month.

According to the Argentinian newspaper Clarin, 33 senators are in favor of the bill, 32 are against it, and five are undecided.

Amnesty International Argentina Executive Director Mariela Belski said that the numbers “look very good,” expressing confidence that the Senate will approve the “voluntary interruption of pregnancy” bill.

In 2018, the Senate voted against legalizing abortion.

However, this time, the bill is backed by President Alberto Fernández, which was among his campaign promises, and by Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

The bill will allow women to abort pregnancies up to the 14th week. Currently, women can terminate pregnancies only in cases of rape and when the life of the mother is threatened.

“The debate of the past few years has been very positive and has succeeded in making visible the failure of the criminalization of women as a state policy. The Senate must now put an end to clandestine abortions. The legalization of abortion saves lives and addresses a key public health issue,” Belski said in a Dec. 11 statement when the Chamber of Deputies passed the bill,


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