Görkem ŞEKEROĞLU -TDO- The lower house of the Argentinian parliament has voted yes to a draft bill that brings the largely Catholic country one step closer to legalising abortion, a change that women's rights activists in the country have long been fighting for.
Parliament's lower house voted in favour of the proposed law by 131-117 with 6 abstentions. The bill which was backed by President Alberto Fernandez would permit abortions to be carried out up to the 14th week of pregnancy.
According to current Argentine law, the voluntary interruption of pregnancy is only possible if there is a serious risk to the mother or in the event of rape. Women in Argentina who have an abortion can face prosecution.
Before becoming law, the bill must also pass the upper house, the Senate. The vote is expected to be held before the end of the year.