Argentina chooses life as members of the senate reject bill that would legalise abortion in the first 14-weeks of pregnancy. Lawmakers voted 38-31 against the measure, leaving abortion in Argentina only available in cases of rape, severe disabilities or if the mother’s life is in danger.
Hundreds of thousands of pro-life supporters rallied in the streets to hear the decision. Footage shared on social media shows crowds erupt in celebration and fireworks after the result was revealed.
And Life won over Death. #ArgentinaEsProvida pic.twitter.com/ISS0yfpDfo
— Obianuju Ekeocha (@obianuju) August 9, 2018
This is what it looks like when 500,000 people gather to say NO to abortion!#ArgentinaEsProvida#SalvemosLas2Vidas pic.twitter.com/cz6rZlhkDV
— Obianuju Ekeocha (@obianuju) August 5, 2018
Pro-abortionists also took to the streets in protest following the decision. Anger quickly turned to violence as protesters rioted, lit fires and hurled projectiles at police.
Founder and President of Live Action Lila Rose said on Twitter, "In Ireland, pro-life activists responded to defeat with passionate resolution to protect the lives of the defenseless. In Argentina, abortion activists are setting the city on fire, rioting and clashing with police for the 'right' to kill a child. Which side is the side of peace?"
Protesters clash with police after lawmakers in Argentina vote against legalizing elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. https://t.co/fqd2j8bhW6 pic.twitter.com/29vJZmZkQE
— ABC News (@ABC) August 9, 2018