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Legislators approve legal abortion in Uruguay, Buenos Aires

Catholic World News - 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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