Argentina's Senate voted on Wednesday to legalize abortion, a first for a big country in Latin America and a triumph for women's rights campaigners achieved over the visceral objection of the Catholic Church.
There were celebrations on the streets of Buenos Aires as Argentina's government became one of the first major Latin American countries to approve legalizing abortion.
"It changes everything for millions of women, this is health, this is public health, this is not a question of morals, it is not a question of ethics, it is a question of health and therefore thousands of lives will be saved." The Senate voted 38-29 with one abstention early Wednesday (December 30) to allow it through to the 14th week of pregnancy.
The lower house had already approved it earlier this month.
Until now, Argentine law had allowed abortion only when there was a serious risk to the health of the mother or in cases of rape.
Pro-choice groups argued that criminalizing abortion harms women from the most vulnerable groups.
Argentina's Health Ministry says more than 3,000 women died from illegal abortions from 1983-2018.
The ruling could set the tone for a wider shift in conservative Latin America where there are growing calls for greater reproductive rights for women.
Abortion is extremely rare in the region where the Catholic Church has held cultural and political sway for centuries.
Previously, it was allowed on demand only in Cuba, neighboring Uruguay and parts of Mexico.
Pope Francis, who is himself from Argentina, has condemned the decision.
While addressing a press conference in the national capital on February 12, the official spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Anurag Srivastava spoke on supply of COVID-19 vaccine across globe. Srivastava said, "We have supplied a total of 229.7 lakh doses to the global community. Of these, 64.7 lakh doses have been supplied as a grant while 165 lakh doses have been supplied on a commercial basis." "In the coming weeks, we expect to supply to more countries in Africa, Latin America, CARICOM and the Pacific Island states," he added.
Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware tells CNN’s Dana Bash he will work to find other ways to raise the minimum wage after a key Senate official ruled that it couldn’t be included in the $1.9T covid relief bill.
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Katarzyna Lipka is no longer Catholic, and she says that is a political statement. Like many, she has been drifting away from the Church - and in November, after the country's courts decreed a clampdown on abortion that the bishops had lobbied for, she filed papers to cut loose. Lauren Anthony reports.
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The Catholic Archbishop of Glasgow Philip Tartaglia has died after contractingCovid-19. The 70-year-old had served as archbishop since 2012 and was one ofthe most senior figures in the Catholic Church in Scotland.
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Thousands of infants died in Irish homes for unmarried mothers and their offspring run by the Catholic Church from the 1920s to the 1990s, an inquiry found on Tuesday, an "appalling" mortality rate that reflected brutal living conditions. Gavino Garay has more.
Pope Francis makes the first ever papal visit to Iraq next week, shining a spotlight on the suffering of its Christians. Nowhere more so than Mosul, where few have returned since the end of the brutal reign of Islamic State. Lucy Fielder reports.
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Demonstrators left "body bags" depicting coronavirus deaths in front of the Government House with signs reading: "I was waiting for the vaccine but it was given to Alberto's (President Alberto Fernandez) friends."
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Argentines gathered on Wednesday (February 17) in Buenos Aires to express outrage at the latest teen femicide case in the country and demand justice be done to better protect women from violence. (This video contains graphic images and partial nudity.)
More than three years after the Trump administration pulled diplomats from Cuba following a series of still unexplained health incidents, effectively closing the embassy, the Biden administration is considering restaffing the US diplomatic mission. That would be welcome news for many Cubans unable to get visas to the US. CNN’s Patrick Oppmann reports from Havana.
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