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Argentinian senators reject bill to legalise abortion

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k3476 (Published 09 August 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3476
  1. Claudia Collucci
  1. São Paulo, Brazil

Argentina’s Senate has rejected a bill to legalise abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy by 38 votes to 31.

After a session that lasted 17 hours, senators voted against the bill that had already been approved by the lower house. There were celebrations among those who opposed the bill, while pro-choice senators said that they would keep fighting for a change in the law.

Argentine president Mauricio Macri said that he would sign the bill if it was approved by the Senate, despite his personal misgivings.

One of the last people to speak in the debate was former president Cristina Kirchner (2007 to 2015), who was against abortion during her tenure, but who said she had changed her mind. “Today, I think …

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