Thursday, September 29, 2011

Abortion debate erupts in Argentina as election nears

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In Argentina, reproductive rights advocates are pushing lawmakers to ease restrictions on abortion. Most countries in Latin America have made abortion illegal, as is the case in Argentina. But Human rights groups say the ban is harming women. They point to illegal abortions as the leading cause of maternal death in the country. President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s is a strong supporter of the ban on abortion, but for the first time a bill was presented in Argentina’s national congress to discuss the legalization of abortion and that has spurred a lively debate both inside and outside of congress. FSRN’s Marie Trigona reports from Buenos Aires.

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