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Argentine Congress OKs elective abortion; now goes to Senate

(AP Photo/Jorge Saenz). Women celebrate the approval of a bill legalizing abortion by the lower house of congress, in Buenos Aires, Thursday, June 14, 2018. The lower house of Argentina's congress has approved a bill that would legalize elective aborti... (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz). Women celebrate the approval of a bill legalizing abortion by the lower house of congress, in Buenos Aires, Thursday, June 14, 2018. The lower house of Argentina's congress has approved a bill that would legalize elective aborti...
(AP Photo/Jorge Saenz). A woman celebrates the approval of a bill legalizing abortion by the lower house of congress, near Argentina's congress in Buenos Aires, Thursday, June 14, 2018. The lower house of Argentina's congress has approved a bill that w... (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz). A woman celebrates the approval of a bill legalizing abortion by the lower house of congress, near Argentina's congress in Buenos Aires, Thursday, June 14, 2018. The lower house of Argentina's congress has approved a bill that w...
(AP Photo/Jorge Saenz). Women celebrate the approval of a bill legalizing abortion by the lower house of congress, in Buenos Aires, Thursday, June 14, 2018. The lower house of Argentina's congress has approved a bill that would legalize elective aborti... (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz). Women celebrate the approval of a bill legalizing abortion by the lower house of congress, in Buenos Aires, Thursday, June 14, 2018. The lower house of Argentina's congress has approved a bill that would legalize elective aborti...
(AP Photo/Jorge Saenz). Pro-life protesters rally against a proposed law to legalize abortion, with one holding a Catholic rosary, near Congress in Buenos Aires, Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Argentina's legislature has begun debating a measure that would ... (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz). Pro-life protesters rally against a proposed law to legalize abortion, with one holding a Catholic rosary, near Congress in Buenos Aires, Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Argentina's legislature has begun debating a measure that would ...
(AP Photo/Jorge Saenz). Pro-life protesters rally against a proposed law to legalize some abortion near Congress in Buenos Aires, Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Argentina's legislature has begun debating a measure that would allow elective abortions in the ... (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz). Pro-life protesters rally against a proposed law to legalize some abortion near Congress in Buenos Aires, Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Argentina's legislature has begun debating a measure that would allow elective abortions in the ...

By ALMUDENA CALATRAVA
Associated Press

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - The lower house of Argentina's congress on Thursday approved a bill that would legalize elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, sending the measure to the Senate. President Mauricio Macri has said he will sign the bill if it's approved.

The measure has roused fierce passions in the homeland of Pope Francis, and the vote was tight: 129 to 125.

Argentina now allows abortion only in cases of rape or risks to a woman's health.

Crowds of supporters and opponents of the measure - kept separate by officials - watched the debate on large screens set up outside Congress.

Feminist groups lobbied hard for the measure and demonstrators who had spent the night awaiting the vote in sleeping bags and folding chairs cheered and sang when the result was announced.

Backers of the measure said legalizing abortion would save the life of many women who now turn to dangerous illegal abortions. The Health Ministry estimated in 2016 that the country sees as many as half a million clandestine abortions each year, with dozens of women dying as a result.

The Roman Catholic church and other religious organizations opposed it, saying it violates Argentina law "that guarantees life from the moment of conception."

President Macri, who has said he opposes voluntary abortions, promised that he would not veto the measure if it is adopted.

Efforts to ease or tighten abortion restrictions have repeatedly emerged across Latin America in recent years.

Neighboring Chile's Constitutional Court last year upheld a measure that would end that country's absolute ban on abortions, permitting abortions when a woman's life is in danger, when a fetus is not viable and in cases of rape. Chile had been the last country in South America to ban abortion in all cases, though several nations in Central America still have absolute prohibitions.

Cuba, Guyana, Puerto Rico and Uruguay permit early-term elective abortions, as does Mexico City.

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