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Abortion Legalized in Uruguay and Buenos Aires by One-Vote Margins

(Updated) Absent vetos, will join Cuba and Colombia as Latin American nations most open to abortions.

Update (Jan. 24): Reuters reports that about one-third of Uruguay's doctors are refusing to perform abortions in accordance with the new law.


(Editor's note: Time magazine has reported on the regional significance of Uruguay's new law.)


In predominantly Catholic Latin America, laws permitting abortion are gaining ground.

Both Uruguay and Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires, recently voted to approve bills legalizing some forms of abortion. The bills passed legislatures by one-vote margins in each country.

In Buenos Aires, legislators narrowly approved (30-29) a law that "allows unrestricted abortions in cases of rape or when the mother's life is in danger." Argentina and Colombia have similar rules allowing abortions only in extreme cases, but this law would loosen the restrictions for Buenos Aires residents.

And just as religious and pro-life leaders are calling for Buenos Aires mayor Mauricio Macri to keep his promise to veto the law, a recent ruling by Argentina's Supreme Court in a ...

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