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Argentina's Lower House approves elective abortion bill; now goes to Senate

The final vote count had a margin of four votes, with 129 affirmative votes against 125 negative votes.

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Supporters of the abortion bill filled the streets of Argentina on Wednesday June 13, 2018.
Supporters of the abortion bill filled the streets of Argentina on Wednesday June 13, 2018. Foto:Telam-Ochoa Marcelo

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Argentina’s Lower House has approved a bill to legalise elective abortion up to the 14th week of pregnancy. The bill must now pass the Senate where supporters of abortion will have a difficult time convincing conservative provincial representatives.

Despite their visible exhaustion after a 22-hour marathon session, lawmakers Thursday morning delivered passionate final remarks on a bill that, if it passed the Senate, would make Argentina the first major country in Latin America to legalise elective abortion

The final vote count had a margin of four votes, with 129 affirmative votes against 125 negative votes.

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