CORRECTED: Argentina Senate voting tonight on bill to legalize abortion

Correction: This story originally misreported that the bill had been defeated.

BUENOS AIRES, August 7, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The Senate of Argentina is voting Wednesday night on a bill to erase the country’s constitutional protection for most preborn babies and legalize abortion during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. However, early headcounts suggest it is slated for defeat.


 

The bill would also legalized late-term abortions in cases of fetal deformity or to protect mothers’ “psychological” health. The Catholic nation currently allows abortions only for rape or threats to a mother’s life.

The Argentinian Senate gave its preliminary approval to the bill’s finalized text last week. Just days before the final vote, Senator Silvina García Larraburu withdrew her support for the bill, citing her “most intimate convictions.”

The Senate is the final step deciding the fate of Argentina’s abortion laws. The country’s chamber of deputies approved the legislation by a 129-123 vote in June, and Argentinian President Mauricio Macri has said he would follow whatever decision the legislature made, despite claiming to be pro-life.

Argentina would be the third Latin American country to make abortion generally legal, Reuters reports, after Cuba and Uruguay.

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