Amanda Cotrim’s photographs document the thousands of abortion rights advocates who erupted into festivities throughout Buenos Aires on the day of the vote.
by Valentina Di Liscia
December 31, 2020
Yesterday, December 30, Argentina became the largest country in Latin America to legalize abortion. After 12 hours of debate — and a grueling decades-long battle between the nation’s progressive and conservative factions — the bill was approved in the Senate by a vote of 38 to 29.
Abortion rights advocates gathered outside the National Congress in Buenos Aires. In anticipation of the momentous decision, they erupted into city-wide festivities, flaunting bright green scarves and face paint to show their support for reproductive rights. The emerald hue has become emblematic of the pro-choice movement in Argentina, where tens of thousands of women suffer adverse health effects from a lack of access to safe abortions, particularly those from low-income backgrounds and rural areas. In 2016, 39,025 women were admitted to public hospitals for complications arising from clandestine abortions, 6,400 of whom were girls and teenagers aged 10 to 19.
Resistance to the issue in Congress is increasing with the efforts of President Jair Bolsonaro.
By Oliver Mason
December 31, 2020
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - While the Argentine Senate on Wednesday, December 30th, passed a law validating women's right to abortion until the 14th week of pregnancy, the issue is facing opposition from conservative and religious legislators in the Brazilian Congress.
The assessment of legislators heard by Folha newspaper is that, within the current context, there is no room for legislation similar to the neighboring country to progress in the National Congress.
December 31, 2020
MEXICO CITY – Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on Thursday that he is in favor of a popular consultation for women to decide on the decriminalization of abortion in the country, a day after Argentina joined a handful of Latin American countries that endorse the termination of pregnancy.
Early Wednesday morning, Argentine senators approved the legalization of abortion until the 14th week of gestation, joining Cuba, Guyana and Uruguay. In Mexico, abortion is only legal in the capital Mexico City and in the southwestern state of Oaxaca.
DECEMBER 31, 2020
By Reuters Staff
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico’s president said on Thursday that women should decide whether the country should legalize abortion, but he declined to take a position on the issue, which is still opposed by many Mexicans.
One day after the Argentine Senate voted to make abortion legal, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was asked during a news conference whether he thought his country should follow suit.
Dec 31, 2020
The legalisation of abortion up to the 14th week of pregnancy in Argentina on Wednesday triggered emotional scenes outside the Congress building in Buenos Aires.
Pro-choice activists embraced and cheered while waving the green handkerchiefs which have become symbolic of their decades-long fight for free and legal abortions to be made available to women across the country.
Religious, pro-abortion-rights voices were not always so rare.
Dec 31, 2020
When the Democratic Senate candidate Reverend Raphael Warnock tweeted that he was a “pro-choice pastor,” backlash arrived within minutes. Conservative commentators including Ben Shapiro and Erick Erickson lined up to mock Warnock. A group of conservative Black ministers recently sent Warnock a letter asking him to reconsider his position. Representative Doug Collins, a Republican and an ordained Southern Baptist minister, called the tweet “a lie from the bed of hell.”
In this brief and explosive incident, one of the most significant dynamics of America’s abortion politics was laid bare: the seeming invisibility of pro-choice religious voices. It’s not that pro-choice faith leaders such as Warnock aren’t out there. It’s that, for decades, they’ve been losing the fight for the spotlight.
Country becomes only the third in South America to permit elective abortions
Tom Phillips , Latin America correspondent, and Amy Booth and Uki Goñi in Buenos Aires
Wed 30 Dec 2020
Argentina has become the largest Latin American country to legalise abortion after its senate approved the historic law change by 38 votes in favour to 29 against, with one abstention.
Elated pro-choice campaigners who had been keeping vigil outside Buenos Aires’s neoclassical congressional palace erupted in celebration as the result was announced at just after 4am on Wednesday.
By Diego Laje and Kara Fox, CNN
Wed December 30, 2020
Buenos Aires, Argentina (CNN) Argentina's Senate approved a bill to legalize abortion Wednesday in an historic vote seen as a major victory for abortion rights advocates in the Catholic-majority country. The Senate voted 38-29 to give millions of women access to legal terminations under a new law supported by President Alberto Fernández. The margin was expected to be much smaller.
Vote closely watched across South America where procedure is largely illegal
The Associated Press
Posted: Dec 30, 2020
Argentina's Senate passed a law legalizing abortion early Wednesday after a marathon 12-hour session, a victory for the women's movement that has been fighting for the right for decades.
The vote means that abortion will be legalized in Pope Francis' homeland up to the 14th week of pregnancy, and also will be legal after that time in cases of rape or danger to the mother's life. It will have repercussions across a continent where the procedure is largely illegal.
The Senate vote on Wednesday was a major victory for Latin America’s growing feminist movement, and its ripple effects are likely to be widespread.
By Daniel Politi and Ernesto Londoño
Dec. 30, 2020
BUENOS AIRES — Argentina on Wednesday became the largest nation in Latin
America to legalize abortion, a landmark vote in a conservative region and a
victory for a grass-roots movement that turned years of rallies into political
The high-stakes vote in the Senate gripped the nation into the early morning,
and the measure’s approval — by a wider-than-expected tally of 38 to 29, with
one abstention — came after 12 hours of often dramatic debate, exposing the
tensions between the long-dominant Roman Catholic Church, whose influence is
waning, and a growing feminist movement.