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11 August 2018, 10:06 | Devin Moran
Argentina Rejects Abortion
She added that the Senate had "therefore chose to agree on a system which forces women, girls and others who can become pregnant to undergo clandestine and unsafe abortions". "We won because we looked at each other eye-to-eye and we realized how strong we are, and that abortion will eventually be legal".
Politicians must now wait a year to resubmit the legislation. "It legalizes it. It legalizes the failure", the Post said.
"The state needs to be present with vulnerable women so they don't have to reach the point of an abortion".
In Brazil, which is home to the world's largest population of Catholics and fast-growing evangelical faiths, abortion carries a punishment of up to three years in prison.
Uruguay and Cuba are the only two countries in Latin America to have decriminalised abortion. More recently, the Ni Una Menos, or Not One Less, movement that was created in Argentina to fight violence against women has grown into a global phenomenon.
The alleged "human rights" organization Amnesty International has been hammering Argentina to repeal its constitutional provision protecting preborn babies from abortion. "It's the beginning of revolutions".
US -based organizations such as Live Action, Human Defense Initiative and the National Right to Life Committee expressed their opposition to the bill as well. "It not only influenced Chile, because we're close (to neighboring Argentina), but all of Latin America, and countries in Africa and Europe".
The recent effort to change Argentina's abortion laws grew out of a new wave of feminist activism in the country, which started around 2015. Chile previous year became the last nation in South America to drop a ban on abortions in all cases, though several countries in Central America still have absolute prohibitions.
Argentina's lower house - the Chamber of Deputies - approved the bill legalizing abortion in June, and on Wednesday, the country's Senate took up the issue.
"This is obviously a setback", said Ima Guirola of the Women Studies Institute, a group in El Salvador.
The legalization bill can not be debated again until 2019, although some advocates of removing abortion restrictions have suggested promoting a bill for decriminalization as an alternative, according to Crux.
Women's rights advocates, however, hope that a more liberal judiciary in Brazil will at least decriminalize abortion to help avoid deaths from botched terminations in a country where hundreds of thousands of women resort to clandestine clinics each year.
While abortion-rights campaigners seemed to have a chance of success a few weeks ago, leaders of the Catholic Church spoke out against abortion, leading to senators from conservative provinces to vote against it, reportedThe New York Times.
"It's not about religious beliefs but about a humanitarian reason", Cardinal Mario Poli, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, told churchgoers at a "Mass for Life" held Wednesday night during the Senate debate.
The Catholic Church and Pope Francis, who was born in Argentina, pushed back.
The bill, which fueled contentious debate, would have expanded abortion rights to allow women to end a pregnancy in the first 14 weeks.
"Just because the bill got shot down, it will not stop the movement", said Paula Avila-Guillen, a director of Women's Equality Center, an abortion rights advocacy group.
Macri has said he is personally opposed to abortion but allowed the debate.
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