The Argentina Senate struck down an effort to legalize abortion following a legislative session that stretched into the early morning hours of Thursday, August 9. The bill failed with 31 votes in favor, 38 votes opposed, and three senators abstaining or absent. The vote has been the focus of mass protests in favor and opposition of the bill. Associated protests and rallies are possible on Thursday and in the coming days.
The bill aimed to legalize abortion up to the 14th week of pregnancy and was passed by the lower house of Congress on June 14. Over the past several weeks, thousands of demonstrators have marched and staged protests in Buenos Aires in support or opposition to the bill.
Individuals in Buenos Aires are advised to avoid all demonstrations as a precaution and prepare for traffic disruptions.