By a margin of 38-31 votes on August 9, 2018, Argentina’s Senate rejected a bill that would have legalized abortion on demand up to fourteen weeks of gestation. Currently, there are only three sets of circumstances under which a legal abortion can be performed in Argentina: pregnancy resulting from rape; when the life of the mother is at risk; or the fetus is considered inviable outside the womb.
The results of the August 9 vote means that the bill to legalize abortion on demand is not eligible for debate again until 2019. However, some supporters of lessening Argentina’s strict anti-abortion laws are considering the introduction of a separate decriminalization measure as a compromise solution. Thursday’s vote marked the first time in over ten years that the issue of abortion was discussed by the Argentine Parliament.
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