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Argentina President to put forward bill to legalize abortion

EPA-EFE/Juan Ignacio Roncoroni
People demonstrate during the International Day of Global Action for the access to Legal and Safe Abortion in front of the Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 27 September 2019. 

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A bill that would legalize abortion in Argentina will be sent to the congress in the following days by the country’s President Alberto Fernández. If it passes, Argentina will become the first major Latin American country to allow elective abortion.  
In his first annual address to congress, Fernández stated that “the state must protect its citizens in general, and women in particular,” adding that “society in the 21st century needs to respect the individual choice of its members to freely decide about their bodies.”
While abortion laws vary among Latin American countries, the practice is highly restricted in almost all of them. To date, elective termination of the woman’s pregnancy is permitted only in Uruguay, Guyana, and Cuba, as well as in Mexico City and the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Several countries completely ban abortion.
Colombia would have taken the lead in allowing the practice, however a a top court’s non-decision to legalize abortion in the country earlier this week, crushed expectations.
Argentina is now the first major nation in Latin America to be on track to allow the practice. By now, abortion in Argentina is only allowed in cases of rape or if the mother’s health is in danger.
A previous attempt to fully legalize abortion in the country failed, however this time the bill has both Fernández’ and the governing party’s support.
The President’s move was welcomed by women’s rights activists that have long demanded the legalization of abortion. Mariela Belski, director of Amnesty International in Argentina, indicated that, ‘‘Congress must now listen to the demands of tens of thousands of women who have fought to have control over what they do with their bodies,’’ adding that, ‘‘legalizing abortion would be a truly historic step for our country.’’
According to a study conducted by WHO and Guttmacher Institute, over the period of 2010-2014, 45% of all abortions globally were unsafe, with the majority of those occurring in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. In Latin America, just 1 out of 4 abortions were safe. 
At the same time, a 2017 report by Guttmacher Institute found that the highest estimated abortion rate is in Latin America along with the Caribbean.

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