Argentina’s Senators set to vote on the legalization of abortion

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Argentina will for the second time in two years vote on whether or not abortion is to be legalised.

If it passes, the bill would be groundbreaking for Latin America, a region which has some of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws.

The bill has cleared the first hurdle when it was passed by the Chamber of Deputies however, it is projected to be more difficult in the Senate.

In 2018, senators narrowly voted against legalising abortion but this time the bill has the backing of the government.

One opponent of the bill is the Roman Catholic Church the dominant religious movement in South America.

They have been vociferous in their opposition and in the process have called on Senators to vote against it.

Pope Francis, who is himself Argentine tweeted his opposition.

Both supporters of the legalisation and anti-abortion activists have gathered outside Congress to try and sway undecided senators.

Currently, abortions are only permitted in Argentina in cases of rape or when the mother’s health is at risk.Abortions are completely banned in El Salvador, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic and only allowed in certain restricted circumstances in most other Latin American nations.