Abortion to become legal in Argentina as Chile starts a debate

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Argentina is set Thursday to become one of just a handful of Latin American countries to allow elective abortion, as neighbouring Chile initiates its own debate on decriminalizing a procedure denied most women on the continent.

President Alberto Fernandez is scheduled later Thursday to sign a law that was passed by the senate on December 30 — the final step towards legalization in the country of 45 million people.

Congress passed the bill, backed by women’s rights proponents, despite strong opposition from Evangelical Christians and traditional Roman Catholics and disapproval voiced by Pope Francis.

As a result, Argentina becomes the largest of just four Latin American countries where women can choose to have an abortion, joining Cuba, Uruguay and Guyana.

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