After a heated debate for more than 15 hours, Argentina’s senate rejected a bill to legalise elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. While 31 voted in favor of the bill 38 voted against. Opinion polls showed the legal abortion bill had strong public support.
According to activists who supported the bill, pressure from Catholic Church prevented its approval.
“The church put pressure on senators to vote against the bill,” said Ana Correa, an original member of the #NiUnaMenos (“Not one woman less”) feminist movement that supported the bill.
Rejecting the bill will confine abortion legal only in case of rape and danger to the life of the woman.
The lower house had already passed the measure. President Mauricio Macri was also ready to sign the bill.
Despite the rejection, many woman said that they believed Argentina would have a rethinking and legalise abortion.