The groundbreaking bill, which would legalise abortion up to 14 weeks, was passed by the country’s lower house earlier this month, and is now in its final stages
27 December 2020
In the early hours of December 11, Argentina’s lower house passed a landmark abortion bill, submitted by the country’s left-wing president, Alberto Fernández. Pro-choice activists, wearing a sea of green – a symbol for women’s rights and the pro-choice campaign – had gathered outside congress to await the verdict. When the bill passed with 131 to 117 votes at the end of a 20-hour debate, their reaction, and that of supporters watching the televised announcement countrywide, has been described as a “tsunami of joy”.
“I was with two of my best friends,” Dana, one 24-year-old activist from Argentina, tells Dazed. “I didn’t sleep all night and we cried happy tears when we saw the results.”