Activists in favour of the legalization of abortion comfort each other outside the National Congress in Buenos Aires, on August 9, 2018 after senators rejected the bill to legalize the abortion. - Argentine senators on Thursday voted against legalizing abortion in the homeland of Pope Francis, dashing the hopes of women's rights groups after the bill was approved by Congress's lower house in June. According to an official tally, 38 senators voted against, 31 in favor, while two abstained. (Photo by EITAN ABRAMOVICH / AFP) (Photo credit should read EITAN ABRAMOVICH/AFP/Getty Images)

The Reaction as Argentina's Senate Rejects Bill Legalizing Abortion

Activists on both sides were out in force.

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.)

Activists in favor of legal abortion in Argentina protest nearby the nation's Senate this wednesday 8th. Argentine's senators starting debate the project that make abortion available in all health facilities, but the expectation is that the project won't pass, despite the inquiries that point that 60% of the population approves it (Photo by Gustavo Basso/NurPhoto via Getty Images) NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images Activists protest near the Senate in Buenos Aires on August 8. Pro-life demonstrators play drums as they celebrate during a protest in Buenos Aires, Argentina, early on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. After months of heated debate, Argentine senators voted down a bill Thursday that would have legalized abortion, defying local advocates, international groups and a recent trend of predominantly Catholic nations seeking to make abortions more accessible. Photographer: Erica Canepa/Bloomberg via Getty Images Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images Pro-life demonstrators celebrate the news.

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TOPSHOT - A woman throws a bottle to riot police agents outside the National Congress in Buenos Aires on August 9, 2018, after senators rejected the bill to legalize abortion. - Argentine senators on Thursday voted against legalizing abortion in the homeland of Pope Francis, dashing the hopes of women's rights groups after the bill was approved by Congress's lower house in June. According to an official tally, 38 senators voted against, 31 in favor, while two abstained. (Photo by EITAN ABRAMOVICH / AFP) (Photo credit should read EITAN ABRAMOVICH/AFP/Getty Images) EITAN ABRAMOVICH/AFP/Getty Images Clashes erupt outside the National Congress after the vote. Aerial view showing people demonstrating against abortion during a gathering called by the Christian Alliance of Evangelical Churches in Argentina under the slogan 'Let's Save Both Lives,' in Buenos Aires on August 4, 2018. - Argentina's Senate on August 1 approved the text of a bill to legalize abortion that will be put to a vote on August 8. As approved by Congress' lower house on June 14, the bill sent to the Senate legalizes abortion during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy and provides for conscientious objection for practitioners, but not for a hospitals. (Photo by Ivan PISARENKO / AFP) (Photo credit should read IVAN PISARENKO/AFP/Getty Images) IVAN PISARENKO/AFP/Getty Images A view of the "Let's Save Both Lives" rally in Buenos Aires, organized by the Christian Alliance of Evangelical Churches, August 4. Activists in favour of the legalization of abortion disguised as characters from Canadian author Margaret Atwood's feminist dystopian novel 'The Handmaid's Tale', perform at the 'Parque de la Memoria' (Remembrance Park) in Buenos Aires, on August 5, 2018. - Argentina's Senate on August 1 approved the text of a bill to legalize abortion that will be put to a vote on August 8. As approved by Congress' lower house on June 14, the bill sent to the Senate legalizes abortion during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy and provides for conscientious objection for practitioners, but not for a hospitals. (Photo by ALEJANDRO PAGNI / AFP) (Photo credit should read ALEJANDRO PAGNI/AFP/Getty Images) ALEJANDRO PAGNI/AFP/Getty Images Activists dressed as characters from the feminist dystopian novel-turned-TV series "The Handmaid's Tale," August 5. BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - AUGUST 08: Aerial view of Argentina National Congress while senators vote the abortion bill on August 8, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The bill aims to expand abortion rights beyond current laws that allow it only in cases of rape or mother's health risk. It passed the Deputies chamber last month by 129 votes to 125. (Photo by Getty Images) Getty Images An aerial view of Congress as the vote takes place. An activist in favour of the legalization of abortion gets warm in a bonfire outside the National Congress before senators rejected the bill to legalize abortion in Buenos Aires on August 9, 2018. - Argentine senators on Thursday voted against legalizing abortion in the homeland of Pope Francis, dashing the hopes of women's rights groups after the bill was approved by Congress's lower house in June. According to an official tally, 38 senators voted against, 31 in favor, while two abstained. (Photo by EITAN ABRAMOVICH / AFP) (Photo credit should read EITAN ABRAMOVICH/AFP/Getty Images) EITAN ABRAMOVICH/AFP/Getty Images A pro-choice activist before the news.



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