Breaking News: Argentine Senate approves bill to legalize abortion

Argentina’s Senate on Wednesday passed a landmark abortion bill, becoming the first major country in Latin America to legalize abortion.

The Senate voted by 38 in favor to 29 against with one abstention to approve a bill allowing the procedure through the 14th week of pregnancy, bucking the traditionally strong influence of the Catholic Church in the region.

The contentious vote followed a marathon debate that began at 4 pm (1900 GMT) on Tuesday.

Thousands of pro-choice activists cheered in the streets of the capital after the Senate approved the bill.

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