President Mauricio Macri has called for improved sexual education in Argentina's schools, after the Senate on Thursday rejected a bill to legalise elective abortions.
"It is very important that we continue working toward the integral education of teachers, including in the area of sex education", Macri said.
"We need special advice in schools and we also need (...) to introduce long-lasting contraceptive methods, which are much more effective in these areas," he said, following a Cabinet meeting at the Casa Rosada.
The president highlighted what he saw as the dialogue and respect needed to make progress on issues surrounding reproduction and family planning.
"I hope we understand that these are debates that begin and will continue. It is clear that these debates will continue to happen because we as Argentines are maturing, we are understanding what it means to live in a democracy with freedoms that require us to learn to listen to one another", he added.
Despite the Senate's rejection of the bill, Macri said that his government will work on improving public policies and expanding awareness campaigns.
He said the government will reinforce the delivery of free contraceptives, particularly in the north of Argentina -with the highest rate of unwanted teen pregnancies- and in the province of Buenos Aires.
"It is an area that we are committed to", he said. "We have to continue working toward an outcome in which these young women can choose and plan their own lives," he added.