Argentina’s senate approves text of abortion bill set for vote
BUENOS AIRES, Aug 2, 2018 (BSS/AFP) – Argentina’s Senate on Wednesday
approved the text of a bill to legalize abortion that will be put to a vote
on August 8.
As approved by Congress’ lower house on June 14, the bill sent to the
Senate legalizes abortion during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy and provides
for conscientious objection for practitioners, but not for a hospital.
An initiative to shorten the time frame for abortion was presented to the
Senate, but was rejected on Wednesday.
In the August 8 vote, senators will have to decide on the version of the
text adopted by the deputies.
If most of the 72 senators approve the text, abortion will be legalized.
Supporters and opponents of the legalization of abortion demonstrated on
Wednesday, with the vote expected to be a tight one.
In Latin America, the right to abortion exists in Uruguay, Cuba and Mexico
City, the capital of Mexico.
BSS/AFP/FI/ 0828 hrs