ABORTION BECOMES LEGAL IN ARGENTINA; CHILE STARTS A DEBATE
Argentina on Thursday became one of just a handful of Latin American countries to allow elective abortion, as neighboring Chile initiated its own debate on decriminalizing a procedure denied to most women on the continent.
President Alberto Fernandez signed a law that allows abortion until 14 weeks of pregnancy that was passed by the Senate on December 30.
“Today we have a better, more equal society,” said Fernandez, speaking from an event at a museum in the capital Buenos Aires.
“This is a great step towards equal rights, giving women the possibility to decide.” He said.
Fernandez added the it was “the culmination of a long struggle” waged by those wanting an end to abortion being “a crime that obliges secrecy and exposure to the risks involved” in back street procedures.