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Senate in Argentina approves law that legalizes abortion

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São Paulo – After 12 hours of debate, the Argentine Senate passed the law that allows abortion until the 14th week of pregnancy. With 38 votes in favor, 29 against and one abstention, the Senate converted the voluntary termination of pregnancy into law, according to the newspaper Clarin.

The initiative provides that pregnant women have access to legal abortion, after signing the written consent. In addition, it stipulates a maximum period of ten days between requesting and terminating the pregnancy.

The session at
Congress was accompanied by a vigil with thousands of protesters on the side
outside parliament. The result was celebrated on the streets of Buenos Aires. The project
national comprehensive health law during pregnancy was also
unanimously approved with 65 votes.

The country’s president, Alberto
Fernandez, who encouraged the initiative, previously reported that about
38,000 women are hospitalized annually for miscarriages.

The current legislation allowed the termination of pregnancy in case of rape or at risk to the mother’s life or health, as in Brazil.

With the passage of the law, Argentina becomes the first major country in the region to allow women to decide whether or not they want to be mothers, after Uruguay, Cuba, Guyana and French Guiana.

Vigil

The vigil that began on Tuesday afternoon (29) brought together protesters for and against the law. But the number of supporters of the project to legalize abortion in Argentina proved to be higher.

The campaign
National for Legal, Safe and Free Abortion started a meeting at 2pm.
The “green tide” journey, as the massive mobilization by the
the right to abortion in the country, had cultural activities and screens for
accompany the vote, in addition to the traditional “pañuelazo” for approval
of the project, in reference to the green handkerchiefs that have become a symbol of
militancy favorable to the project.

With information from Clarin, Sputnik Brasil and Opera Mundi

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Argentina extends border closure with Brazil

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Opera Mundi – Argentina decided on Sunday (28) to extend the deadline for closing air and land borders with Brazil until March 12, extending the previous decree that determined that they should reopen as of this Monday (1st) ).

Argentine health authorities considered it necessary to maintain the blockade at the borders and a 50% reduction in flights between the two countries.

The country is also closed to foreigners from other neighboring countries and the United Kingdom. Only Argentineans or residents can enter.

According to the Minister of Health, Carla Vizzotti, the measure is taken “in a preventive manner until knowledge about the new Brazilian variant of the virus deepens”.

Brazil has been experiencing the worst moment of the covid-19 pandemic in recent weeks. The moving average of deaths in the last seven days broke a new record and reached 1,180. With 50,840 new diagnoses registered in one day, the number of cases in the country is already over 10.5 million.

Vaccination in Argentina

While seeing its neighbor in the worst scenario of the pandemic, Argentina is advancing in vaccination against covid-19. There are already more than 903 thousand doses applied.

This week, the Argentine laboratory Richmond announced a partnership with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to start producing the Sputnik V vaccine nationwide.

On the night of last Friday (26), Argentina received 96 thousand doses of the Sinopharm vaccine against covid-19. According to the Minister of Health, these doses have already started to be distributed on Saturday.

* With Sputnik

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