Argentina votes to legalise abortion up to 14 weeks
Since Ireland overwhelmingly voted to repeal the eighth amendment, work has been ongoing from TD’s to get the respective Bill through the Dáil.
In the meantime, history has been made in another country with regards to abortion laws.
The lower house of Argentina’s congress has narrowly approved a bill that would legalise abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.
The bill was narrowly passed by the chamber of deputies by 129 to 123 votes on Thursday.
It will now go before the Senate.
Argentina’s president, Mauricio Macri, has said he will sign the bill if it is approved.
At the moment, Argentina allows abortion only in cases of rape or risks to a woman’s health.
Like in Ireland, the Catholic Church strongly opposed the idea.
The vote in favour that Pope Francis’ homeland has made a huge progressive step.
Jon O’Brien of Catholics for Choice said:
“We congratulate the Argentinian chamber of deputies and the Argentinian people for taking a historic first step towards justice for women.
“For too long, Argentina’s strict abortion law has unfairly punished women, especially poor women.
“As Ireland, and Chile before it, have demonstrated, Catholics can be and often are pro-choice.
“And indeed Catholic-majority countries can and often do support legislation for safe and legal abortion.
“Catholics revere individual conscience and support policies that allow all women – especially those without power and privilege – to make their own moral decisions about their bodies safely and freely.”
This article was originally published by Buzz.ie.