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Efforts To Legalize Abortion Continue In Argentina, Other Countries

The Guardian: The Guardian view on Argentina and abortion: a setback, but not the end
Editorial Board

“The Argentinian senate’s rejection of a bill legalizing abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy is a cruel disappointment for millions of its citizens. … According to the World Health Organization, 25 million unsafe abortions are carried out each year. In countries with strict abortion laws, only one in four abortions were safe, compared with almost nine in 10 in countries with more relaxed rules. Worse, there is growing pressure on abortion’s legality or availability in several places. The impact of the religious right in the U.S. is magnified because its effect is exported via the ‘global gag rule’ imposed by Donald Trump, blocking U.S. funds to [foreign organizations] involved in abortion advice and care overseas. … In any case, the overall trend is towards more liberal laws, say campaigners. Last year, Chile approved a bill allowing abortion in some circumstances. Argentinian activists have made it clear they will not give up, taking heart from the public support they attracted and their success in reaching the legislature at all. The battle goes on, there and elsewhere” (8/9).

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