Argentina’s Abortion Advocates Take To The Street To Protest After Bill Was Shot Down

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On Thursday, Argentina’s Senate voted against the legalization of elective abortion. The decision on abortion rights is shedding a spotlight on the country’s ongoing struggle to keep religion out of its politics as it continues to be dominated by the power of the Catholic Church.

The proposed abortion bill was rejected at a vote of 38 to 31.

The bill, which sparked heavy debates and protests in the weeks leading up to the vote, would have allowed women to end their pregnancies in the first 14 weeks. The country’s latest decision means that women seeking abortions must fall into two categories: those who seek to terminate a pregnancy that came as a result of a rape, and those whose pregnancies threaten their own life and health. In response to the decision on abortions, The Guardian published a report that found  3,030 women have died in the country at the hands of an illegal abortion since 1983. Another statistic from the report estimates that every year, nearly 45,000 to 60,000 women have to be hospitalized after suffering complications from these procedures.

Since the decision was made, women are speaking up about why they are pro-choice.

Many are underlining why access to abortion is a women’s health issue.

Others have pointed out that such a decision affects women’s mental health as well.

Many have highlighted that few advocates are pro-abortion but rather pro giving a woman a chance to make her own decision about her health and future.

So many of women across the globe are tweeting out their support as well.

Argentina, which is the birthplace of the current Pope of the Catholic church, remains a largely Catholic country. Just like many Latin American countries where abortion debates continue to rage on.


There’s no denying the disappointment the vote has caused for women’s rights advocates across Argentina. In the hours after the decision was made thousands of women spilled into the streets around the National Congress in Buenos Aires. Fortunately, activists are already planning to fight for the bill in the 2019 legislative session.


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