Dec. 30 (UPI) — Argentina on Wednesday handed a regulation legalizing abortion and have become the biggest nation in Latin America to take action.

The Argentina Senate voted to cross the measure 38-29 in a reversal of a 2018 vote that blocked a wider-ranging abortion invoice. The Home had already handed the invoice.

The regulation legalizes abortions over the primary 14 weeks of being pregnant.

The milestone marks a major social shift for Argentina, which is basically Roman Catholic and is the native nation of Pope Francis. The pope had opposed the proposal to legalize the process.

Wednesday’s historic passage was the achievement of a marketing campaign promise made by Argentine President Alberto Fernandez, who was elected after vowing to push for legalization.

“Secure, authorized and free abortion is now regulation,” Fernandez tweeted. “Right this moment, we’re a greater society.”

Though the invoice’s passage was extensively celebrated in Argentina, there may be nonetheless important opposition on the difficulty.

Argentina authorized secretary Vilmar Ibarra, one of many invoice’s authors, praised the brand new regulation as a victory for ladies’s rights.

“We’re very comfortable, as a result of this regulation is the results of a decades-long combat by girls, by campaigners, by folks from completely different political events,” Ibarra stated.

Argentine Sen. Ines Blas voted in opposition to the invoice.

“The interruption of a being pregnant is a tragedy,” Blas instructed the Senate earlier than the vote. “It abruptly ends one other creating life.”

Almost 40,000 girls and ladies have been hospitalized in 2016 after searching for unlawful abortions, in accordance with Human Rights Watch. Argentina’s well being ministry stated dozens of girls died from medical problems associated to abortion in 2018.