Argentine Senate Rejects Bill Legalizing Abortion
After a debate lasting more than 15 hours, the country’s Senate narrowly voted down legislation that would have legalized the elective procedure during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. Argentina’s lower house had approved the bill, and President Mauricio Macri pledged he’d sign it. But activists accused the Roman Catholic Church — which still wields considerable power in Argentina — of pressuring lawmakers in Pope Francis’ homeland. Abortion will remain legal only in cases of rape and life-threatening circumstances, and legislators must wait another year before submitting a new bill.