Argentina is poised to become the largest Latin American country to legalize abortion, after President Alberto Fernández sent senators a bill overturning strict anti-choice laws. On Wednesday, crowds of reproductive rights activists rallied outside the Argentine National Congress as the legislation was introduced.
Protester: “We are sure that there is going to be a fight over the bill, just like we have seen in past years. We have to defend legalized abortion out in the streets, because we don’t trust those who are sitting in the Senate, nor lawmakers from the major parties.”
Last year alone, nearly 40,000 people in Argentina were hospitalized after receiving botched abortions outside of medical clinics.