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ARGENTINA: Representatives Approve Abortion Decriminalization

06/14/2018 - 19:49:00 (RTTNews)

(RTTNews) - The bill that provides for the decriminalization of abortion until the 14th week of pregnancy in Argentina was approved in the House of Representatives in a 129-125 vote. The document was debated and voted in the framework of a historic session, which lasted more than 23 hours. Now, the bill should be voted in the Senate.

In addition to the decriminalization and authorization of abortion with the request of women, the bill sets other moves such as the creation of a statistical registry of monitoring and evaluation of abortion throughout the country. It also modifies the articles of the Penal Code that include sanctions for those who practice and those who undergo an abortion.

Before the session, there was an unprecedented debate in public hearings that lasted about two months in the committees involved in the project, with the participation and exposure of scientists, intellectuals, artists, religious leaders, doctors and lawyers who were in favor and against the initiative.

During this period, there were several demonstrations by the two opposing sides, including vigils during the session in the Lower House.

The debate on the decriminalization of abortion was promoted by President Mauricio Macri in March. Despite not being in favor of the measure and affirming that he would not interfere in the decision of the Congress, as well as not veto it.

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