BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – The Senate debated a bill Wednesday that would legalize any abortion during the first 14 weeks of Pope Francis homeland pregnancy, setting up a vote that could handle the region.
Argentina’s lower house of Congress already passed the action, and President Mauricio Macri said he would sign it if approved by the Senate.
On Wednesday night, the senate debate lasted more than 10 hours. A vote was expected late Wednesday or early Thursday. The Senate can also change the bill and return it to the lower house.
Argentina now allows abortion only in cases of rape or risk to women’s health. Activists say that 3,000 women have died of illegal abortions since 1
983. Opponents, meanwhile, insist that life begins to perceive and complaining about the bill may force doctors to perform the procedure even when they consider it dangerous.
The question has bitterly divided argentines, pitting conservative doctors and the Roman Catholic Church against feminist groups and other doctors.
Hundreds of doctors have organized protests against abortion, in case of putting their white medical garments on the ground outside the presidential palace. Feminist groups have, in turn, held demonstrations in support of the action, which often bear green, which symbolizes its movement or costumes based on the writer Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Voice.”
Many protesters dropped a heavy rain and Argentine cold winter waits outside the congress building.
Daiana Anadon, leader of the feminist group Wave, said that she and hundreds of other women would stay “until the last moment, because we think the street will move the situation”.  During the debate, Mario Fiad aborted a “tragedy, saying he opposed the law and claimed it was untrue and violated international treaties.”
“The right to life is becoming the weakest of rights,” said Fiad.
The opposition since Pedro Guastavino said that he originally opposed the proposal but changed after understanding that illegal abortions risk life.
“The only way to understand this is
International human rights and women’s groups followed the vote, and figures like US actress Susan Sarandon and Canadian author Atwood supported the pro-abortion statement in Argentina.
] Jose Miguel Vivanco, head of America at Human Rights Watch, said that Argentina had a “historic opportunity” to protect women’s rights. Amnesty International told Argentinian legislators that the world is watching.
Catholic and evangelical groups protested against abortion with the slogan ” Argentina, filicide (childbirth) will be your destruction. “
Women’s Movements Over South America have been
Brazilian Brazil declared supporters and opponents of abortion recently to the Supreme Federal Court in an additional session on whether to allow election cards under the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
In Brazil, home to the world’s largest Catholic population and fast-growing evangelical missionary missions, abortion has a punishment of up to three years in prison. There are three exceptions: If a woman is raped, pregnancy puts her life at risk, or a fetus is brain death.
Chile’s Constitutional Court last year maintained legislation that ended the Andean nation’s absolute ban on abortions, enabling the procedure when a woman’s life is at risk, when a fetus is not enforceable or in case of rape.
Small groups gathered in other countries across the region to express support for the Argentinian abortion measure, including Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, Ecuador, Paraguay and Peru.