Argentina turned the primary main nation in Latin America to legalize abortion when the Senate voted early on Wednesday to permit it by way of the 14th week of being pregnant, within the face of opposition from the influential Catholic Church.
The fiercely contentious vote – handed with 38 in favor, 29 towards and one abstention – got here after a marathon debate that started at 4 p.m. (1900 GMT) on Tuesday.
Because the end result was learn out, a crowd of 1000’s erupted in cheers exterior the Senate constructing in Buenos Aires, waving the inexperienced flags that represented their marketing campaign as inexperienced smoke rose above the group.
“We did it sisters. We made historical past. We did it collectively. There are not any phrases for this second, it passes by way of the physique and the soul,” tweeted Monica Macha, a lawmaker with President Alberto Fernandez’ centre-left ruling coalition which supported the legislation.
The ruling might set the tone for a wider shift in conservative Latin America the place there are rising requires higher reproductive rights for ladies.
Throughout the area, abortions can be found on-demand solely in Communist Cuba, comparatively tiny Uruguay and a few components of Mexico.
“Adopting a legislation that legalizes abortion in a Catholic nation as massive as Argentina will energize the battle to make sure ladies’s rights in Latin America,” mentioned Juan Pappier, a senior Americas researcher at Human Rights Watch.
“Though there will definitely be resistance, I believe it’s honest to foretell that, because it occurred when Argentina legalized similar intercourse marriage in 2010, this new legislation might have a domino impact within the area.”
Till now, Argentine legislation has solely allowed abortion when there’s a severe danger to the well being of the mom or in instances of rape.
Professional-choice teams argue that criminalising abortion harms ladies from probably the most weak teams who they are saying are as a substitute usually pressured to hunt harmful unlawful abortions.
Argentina’s highly effective Catholic church argues the apply violates the proper to life. Argentina is the birthplace of Pope Francis.
A change within the legislation was narrowly defeated in a Senate vote in 2018 after being accredited within the decrease home, however the newest invoice was the primary to have the backing of the ruling authorities.