With Narrow Vote, Argentina Takes Big Step Toward Legalizing Abortion

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It took more than 22 hours of debate, stretching overnight into Thursday morning, but finally Argentina's lower house of Congress has decided: By a 129-125 vote, the Chamber of Deputies passed a bill legalizing abortion before 14 weeks of pregnancy. The bill now heads to the country's Senate, where its chances of passage appear less rosy — but if it does get a yes vote in the upper chamber, Argentine President Mauricio Macri has said he will sign it into law, despite his own reservations. Outside Argentina's Congress on Thursday morning, a massive crowd of demonstrators bearing green flags and dressed in warm clothing erupted in cheers at the news. For weeks, the bill has been a flashpoint of controversy in a country where abortion is illegal in...

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With Narrow Vote, Argentina Takes Big Step Toward Legalizing Abortion

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