By ALMUDENA CALATRAVA And D.BORA REY, Associated Press
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – Argentina on Wednesday became the largest country to legalize voluntary abortion in Latin America, a triumph of a feminist movement that overcame a last-minute appeal by Pope Francis to his compatriot And paved the way for similar works. In the socially conservative, heavily Roman Catholic region.
After the marathon’s 12-hour session, the nation’s Senate passed legislation after midnight, which was comfortable by a margin of 38–29, two years after the initiative, similar to being reduced to a Cliffhazer vote.
The legislation, which President Alberto Fernandez has vowed to sign into law in the coming days, guarantees abortions until the 14th week of pregnancy and beyond in cases of rape or when the woman’s health is in danger.
Fernandez tweeted after the vote, “Safe, legal and free abortion is now the law.”
“Today, we are a better society that extends women’s rights and guarantees public health,” he said.
While abortion is already permitted in some other parts of Latin America – such as in Uruguay, Cuba, and Mexico City – its legalization in Argentina is expected to be reprinted throughout the region, where dangerous covert procedures are a half after a woman’s right Remain the norm for the century. Guaranteed to choose in the US
In Mexico, President Andrés Manuel López Obardor’s party led a group of mostly leftist politicians in the region who celebrated the decision.
The Executive Committee of the National Regeneration Movement said in a statement on social media, “We congratulate the Argentine MPs for listening to the enthusiasm and popular will of the people in a noticeable manner.”
Not all feedback in the area was positive.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tweeted: “I deeply regret the lives of Argentine children, now subject to termination in their mothers’ borders with the state’s agreement. If it depends on me and my administration If it does, then abortion will never be accepted on our earth. “
Outside Argentina’s Senate, supporters and anti-abortion rights activists gathered, with most female supporters of the bill wearing green clothing that is characteristic of their combative movement.
The crowd of a few thousand grunted cheers and tear-filled throats as “Legal abortion in the hospital!” As Vice President Christina Fernandez de Kirchner presided over the debate. Screaming announced the result. As the measure was passed.
“I am the mother of a girl and I know that tomorrow she will have more rights and she will pursue us,” said Renata Vismara, her voice hoarse after the celebratory street performance.
Added Valentine Lu Machado: “The power to see it came true after so many years … it’s revolutionary.”
Along with the votes, feelings also increased.
Hours before the Senate session began, the Pope, who is revered in his homeland and has good relations with the Peronist government of Fernandez, weighed in, tweeting: “A son of God was born a wrath, to let us know That every wrath is a child of God. He came into the world as each child comes into the world, weak and weak, so that we can learn to accept our weaknesses with love. “
Following the vote, the local Roman Catholic Episcopal Conference issued a statement stating that the measure would “deepen the division in our country even more” and said it was far from the dominant pro-life sentiment across the nation’s leading nation .
The group Pro-Life Unity said the date would be remembered as “one of the most voluminous days in recent history.”
The previous abortion bill was voted by Argentine lawmakers in 2018 by a narrow margin. But this time it was boosted by the so-called “Piba” revolution, supported by the center-left government, by Argentine slang for “girls”, and public opinion polls showing opposition had softened.
The stance taken by Vice President Fernandez de Kirchner reflected a generational change. As president between 2007 and 2015, Fernandez de Kirchner opposed legalizing abortion. But she says she was persuaded by her adult daughter to reconsider her position.
Argentina’s feminist movement has been demanding legal abortion for more than 30 years, and activists say the bill’s approval could lead to a waterfall in Latin America, where the Catholic Church has long dominated. Supporters have claimed that more than three thousand women have died in the country since 1983, citing official figures.
Amnesty International celebrated “a vote to move forward in recognizing the access to legal and safe abortion as an inspiration to the region and other countries of the world.”
Opponents of the bill set aside a barrier from their backers, which was seen as a vote. A group that calls its members “guards of two births” sets up an altar with a cross under a blue tent.
“These politicians are not representing the majority,” said Argentinian flag bearer Luciana Prat.
Reflecting those sensibilities, the law allows health professionals and private medical institutions to opt out of the process. But they will have to refer the woman to another medical center. The so-called honest objection also cannot be claimed if the life or health of a pregnant woman is in danger.
AP journalist Yesika Brumack in Buenos Aires and Joshua Goodman in Miami contributed to this report.
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