Uruguayans scuttle referendum on abortion

2013-06-24 11:14
A woman participates in a march on the International Day of Action for the Decriminalisation of Abortion. (File, AFP)

A woman participates in a march on the International Day of Action for the Decriminalisation of Abortion. (File, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Montevideo - A national vote on whether to call a referendum to repeal Uruguay's law legalising abortion failed to garner enough support, according to results on Sunday.

With more than 95% of precincts counted, just 8.65% of the total eligible to vote, or 226 653 people, were in favour of holding the mooted referendum, the electoral court reported.

At least a quarter of eligible voters needed to endorse the initiative in the non-binding public consultation, held after supporters of the referendum gathered more than 52 000 signatures.

The organisers conceded defeat earlier on Sunday, shortly after polls closed.

Opposition lawmaker Pablo Abdala, one of the main promoters of the movement to repeal the law, told a local television station the vote "closes a cycle", adding the issue was resolved for now.

The ruling party, which promoted the legalisation of abortion last year, expressed satisfaction with the outcome, as did women's and health groups.

But pro-life campaigner Lorna Marchetti said on Twitter that efforts to repeal the law would continue.

Last October, Uruguay President Jose Mugica signed a bill making his country only the second in mainly Catholic South America to legalise abortion.

The law allows women to have abortions with no questions asked up to 12 weeks into a pregnancy, and under certain conditions after that.

The first South American country to legalise abortion was English-speaking Guyana in 1995. Cuba, a Latin American nation in the Caribbean, did so in 1965 and the procedure is also legal in Mexico City.

Read more on:    uruguay

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.