Video Shows Celebrations at Moment Argentinian Senate Votes to Legalize Abortion

Argentina’s Senate voted to legalize abortion during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy early on Wednesday morning, December 30, sparking huge celebrations on the streets outside Congress in Buenos Aires.

President Alberto Fernandez described the event as an expansion to women’s rights. “Safe, legal and free abortion is law,” he tweeted. “Today we are a better society that expands rights to women and guarantees public health.”

Abortion was legally considered a crime and only allowed in cases of rape or risks to the mother’s life.

The video shows the moment the decision was announced and a crowd cheering outside the Congress building. Credit: @mar.alfonso via Storyful