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Argentina has become the largest Latin American country to legalize abortions in a landmark decision for woman rights...

Shortly after the historic decision was announced...

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Hundreds of powerful photos of people celebrating the big change began to surface. It's been a long time coming, but what exactly will this mean for women in Argentina?

Now, of course, women all over the world have long fought for the right over their own bodies.

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Abortion has always been a somewhat "taboo" topic, with women historically being forced to risk their lives in order to terminate their unwanted pregnancies.

The Roe V. Wade legal case saved many women's lives.

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The 1973 U.S. Supreme Court case affirmed that a woman's access to safe and legal abortion is a constitutional human right.

Though the abortion law is more at risk than ever before.

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The right to safe and legal abortion has been the law of the land for more than forty-five years and is a part of the fabric of this country. Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court dealt a huge blow to our right to access safe, legal abortion, however. Kavanaugh was nominated by President Trump, who had previously made a clear promise to nominate judges who would "automatically" overturn Roe v. Wade.

And there are still people who don't think women deserve the right to a safe abortion.

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These people claim that they believe in "pro-life" and that terminating a pregnancy is up in the same ranks as "murder."

They aren't known for their subtlety.

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With the phrases "murderer" and "baby killer" often thrown about, it can be difficult to take these people too seriously.

They've made some pretty outlandish claims.

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From calling pro-choicers "terrorists"  to comparing abortion to the Holocaust, to tirelessly referencing Christianity and "God's way" to justify keeping an unwanted pregnancy, pro-lifers will say pretty much anything to rationalize their views on the topic.

They are known for their quite dramatic views.

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We all remember the time U.S. senate candidate Todd Akin notoriously blamed rape victims for their unwanted pregnancies, saying, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

What people seemingly don't understand is that the opposite of pro-life isn't abortion...

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It’s believing that the right to choose what happens to your body is fundamentally important.

But this week has marked a huge victory for women's rights...

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As Argentina has legalized abortion.

And for the most part, the reaction has been incredible!

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Though, sadly, not everyone shared that view...

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The landmark decision was made after the country's senate voted to approve the historic law change.

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The result saw thirty-eight votes in favor and twenty-nine against, with just 1 abstention.

The bill that legalizes terminations within the first fourteen weeks of pregnancy was put to congress by the country's left-wing president, Alberto Fernández.

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The BBC reports that until now, abortions were only permitted in cases of rape or when the mother's health was at risk.

Fernández celebrated the change as he tweeted, "Safe, legal, and free abortion is law. I promised to do so on election campaign days."

"Today we are a better society that expands rights to women and guarantees public health. Recover the value of the pawned word. Policy commitment."

As the news was announced just after 4 am on December 30th, campaigners waiting outside of Buenos Aires’ neoclassical congressional palace erupted into celebrations with music and green smoke in the sky.

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Among them was Melany Marcati, who spoke to The Guardian and said, "I’m very emotional. There are no words to describe what your body feels after fighting for something for so long. I cried a lot, which I wasn’t expecting."

Fellow campaigner Ingrid Beck added: “The struggle for women’s rights is always arduous, and this time we even had to contend with a pandemic, so I am overjoyed with this result."

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