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Argentine abortion bill rejected

Narrow defeat in Senate comes after 15 hours of debate

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Photographs by AP/LUISA BALAGUER

People opposed to decriminalizing abortion stand outside Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as they wait early Thursday for news of the Senate’s vote on the issue.

Argentina's Senate on Thursday rejected a bill to legalize elective abortion, a defeat for a grass-roots movement that came closer than ever to achieving the decriminalization of the procedure in the homeland of Pope Francis.

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