Argentina lawmakers propose legalizing elective abortion

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Argentina lawmakers propose legalizing elective abortion
A pro-abortion activist with a Venus symbol painted on her face listens to a speech outside of Congress after the presentation of an abortion bill in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Under heavy pressure by women's groups that have taken to the streets in large numbers in recent years, over 70 legislators presented an abortion bill that will be first be discussed in several committees of the lower chamber. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — More than 70 Argentine lawmakers of several political parties have presented a bill to legalize elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.

Some of lawmakers wore green handkerchiefs symbolizing the abortion rights movement as the measure was introduced on Tuesday.

Abortion is only allowed in Argentina in cases of rape and risks to a woman’s health.

Legislative efforts to allow elective abortions have failed in the past, but the new measure appears to have wider backing.

Argentina’s conservative President Mauricio Macri recently said that even though he is anti-abortion, Congress should launch a debate on broader legalization of abortion.