Argentinian Senate Votes to Legalize Abortion, Sparking Huge Celebrations

Argentina’s Senate voted to legalize abortion during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy early on Wednesday morning, December 30, sparking huge celebrations on the streets outside Congress in Buenos Aires.

President Alberto Fernandez described the event as an expansion to women’s rights. “Safe, legal and free abortion is law,” he tweeted. “Today we are a better society that expands rights to women and guarantees public health.”

Abortion was legally considered a crime and only allowed in cases of rape or risks to the mother’s life.

Video footage shows people celebrating outside the Congress building in Buenos Aires. Credit: @facuvindis via Storyful