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Abortion Rate Remains High In Argentina Despite Procedure Being Banned In Most Cases

Los Angeles Times: Argentina bans abortion in most cases. So why is its abortion rate far higher than that of the U.S.?
“…In Argentina, and across much of Latin America, where edicts of the Catholic Church are often enshrined in law, elective abortion in cases of unwanted pregnancy is illegal. Yet the laws are widely circumvented, and researchers are finding that the abortion rate in Latin America is far higher than it is in the U.S. and other places where the procedure is legal. … Argentina tries to appease both sides. It keeps abortion illegal — except in cases of rape or when a pregnancy poses a health risk — but allows it to continue anyway to meet the significant demand…” (Parvini, 10/29).

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