Mandatory credit: Senado de la Nacion Argentina

Argentine lawmakers narrowly rejected a bill which would permit abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy after debating through Wednesday night into the early hours of Thursday in Buenos Aires.

Senators rejected the bill by a seven vote margin, 38:31, with two abstentions.

The bill had not been supported by President Mauricio Macri.

Pro-choice supporters in Argentina had been rallied by legislative success in other predominantly Catholic countries such as Ireland, but in Latin America only three other states; Uruguay, Guyana and Cuba, permit early-term abortions.

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