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  • outside of Argentina's congress.

  • In Buenos Aires, women protested on Thursday in support of legalizing abortion.

  • This comes days ahead of an upper house vote on an abortion bill backed by the center left president, Alberto Fernandez, who called the procedure a public health issue.

  • Brenda Hamilton is one of the protesters.

  • Today we are once again on the streets because this is where we always win our rights.

  • We know that the debate in the Senate is much more difficult.

  • For that reason, we have to continue our efforts.

  • If passed, Argentina would become the first large Latin American nation to legalize the procedure on broad grounds, allowing women to abort a pregnancy at up to 14 weeks.

  • The bill is now more likely than ever to pass after going through the lower house last week, although it still faces challenges.

  • The Roman Catholic Church, influential in Latin America, prohibits abortions unless the pregnancy was a result of rape or puts a mother's health at risk.

  • Campaigners are calling for the church to stay out of politics.

  • Previous attempts to legalize abortion have failed, most notably in 2018 in a 38 to 31 narrow Senate vote under a conservative led government.

  • Campaigners say that the tie breaking vote, if needed, will go to former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, now vice president and Senate head.

  • The Senate is set to vote on the abortion bill December 29th.

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Argentines protest ahead of abortion bill vote

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/12/20
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