Following months of impassioned debate that has divided the country, Argentina's Senate on Thursday morning rejected a bill to legalize elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. According to an official tally, 38 voted against, 31 voted in favor, and 2 abstained. Currently in Argentina — the homeland of Pope Francis, and of a population that is overwhelmingly Roman Catholic — abortion is only allowed in cases of rape or if the mother’s health is at risk, and thousands of women are hospitalized each year after illegal abortions. According to the Guardian, hundreds of thousands of people, mostly women, protested outside Congress awaiting the result of the vote. Here, a look at the protesters rallying in Buenos Aires over the past week. (Pictured above: Pro-choice campaigners comfort each other after hearing the result.)NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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