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Legislators approve legal abortion in Uruguay, Buenos Aires

October 18, 2012

Lawmakers have approved legal abortion in Uruguay, and cleared the way for abortion under some circumstances in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In Buenos Aires, a proposal to allow abortion in cases of rape or danger to the mother’s life was approved by a 1-vote margin, 30- 29. Mayor Mauricio Macri has said that he will veto the legislation, however.

In Uruguay, the lower house of the nation’s parliament adopted a measure allowing for legal abortion during the first trimester of pregnancy. Again the margin was a single vote: 50-49. The senate has already approved similar measure, and is expected to ratify the bill. President José Mujica has indicated that he will approve the legislation.


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