Argentina’s Lower House will on Wednesday vote on a bill to decriminalise elective abortion without judicial authorisation in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.
The imminency of a bill that would make Argentina the first major Latin American country to effectively legalise abortion has sparked a wave of last minute tension among activists for and against the practice.
Observers believe, based on a current vote count, that the bill will not pass the Lower House.
Pro and anti-abortion activists have called their followers to Congress to accompany the vote on Wednesday afternoon.
A number of leading political and cultural figures have spoken out on the bill in the last few days, while a handful of public schools have been “occupied” by students wishing to express their support for abortion.
National Education Minister Alejandro Finocchiaro weighed in on that issue Monday, saying: “There is no reason that justifies, in times of democracy, that an educational facility be 'occupied' this way”.
“It is not good that students occupy 10 colleges but it is [good] that more and more people think that this is not the right path” for students to express their beliefs, he told Radio Mitre.