✣ Argentina’s senate rejects abortion on demand

What happened?

The Argentine Senate rejected a bill legalising abortion on demand for the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. Senators voted by 38 to 31 after a 15-hour debate as huge crowds of pro-life and pro-abortion activists gathered outside. The bill had been narrowly passed by the country’s congress in June. Massive rallies had been held by both sides during the three-month debate. In Latin America the only countries to have liberalised abortion laws are Uruguay, Cuba and Guyana.

What the secular media said

After the vote, abortion supporters rioted, lighting fires and throwing stones at police. Seven people were

arrested. Most secular outlets downplayed this, focusing instead on how the pro-abortion movement had been galvanised. “They lost Argentina’s abortion vote, but advocates started a movement”, read the headline in the New York Times. The Guardian quoted an 82-year-old senator, Pino Solanas, who declared: “No one can stop the wave of the new generation.”

Alan Soria Guadalupe, writing for the centrist La Nación, pointed out that Argentina’s government was still seeking to remove some criminal penalties for abortion, but that for activists this did not go far enough. He predicted that the debate would remain a high-profile issue throughout next year.

What the Catholic media said

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