Pro-choice and pro-life activists have scheduled rallies in Buenos Aires province from Tuesday, July 3, as Senate committees analyze legislation that, if passed, would decriminalize abortion in Argentina. Pro-choice activists in the "Green Tuesdays" movement have planned a rally on July 3 from 17:00-19:00 (local time) in front of the Argentine Congress in support of the legislation. A series of "Jericho marches" have been planned for July 6 at 19:00, July 12 at 19:00, and July 15 at 17:00. Organizers intend to pray the rosary while marching seven times around the Quinta de Olivos in opposition to the bill. On Sunday, July 8, Catholic bishops have planned a pilgrimage in Luján to defend life as well as a "mass for life" in the Buenos Aires Cathedral to oppose the legislation. Additional related demonstrations are possible leading up to August 8, when the Senate will hold a final vote on the controversial bill.
The lower chamber of Argentina's Congress narrowly passed the bill to legalize abortion on June 14 after 20 hours of debate.
Individuals in Buenos Aires are advised to avoid all demonstrations as a precaution, prepare for traffic disruptions, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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