Top Story — Uruguay’s Lower House voted 50-49 to legalize abortion on Tuesday, a different version of a bill that has already passed in the country’s Senate. The law, which is supported by President José Mujica, allows women to terminate pregnancies during the first 12 weeks and decriminalizes abortion of more advanced pregnancies in cases of risks to the mother’s health or advanced fetus deformity. The law aims to reduce the number of illegal abortions in Uruguay.
Cuba is the only other country in Latin America that has legalized abortion.
Headlines from the Western Hemisphere
- A proposal to reform Mexico’s labor laws divided political parties on Tuesday.
- Water rights activists in Mexico asked authorities to investigate the murder of a lawmaker who opposed a water project in Sonora on Tuesday.
- Cuba aired a tape raising questions about the hunger strike of dissident Martha Beatriz Roque on Tuesday.
- Cuba’s government has allegedly stopped releasing new reports of cholera outbreak.
- Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina plans to propose support for international drug legalization during his speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday.
- Nicaraguan prosecutors asked Mexican authorities on Tuesday to investigate whether vans that smuggled $9.2 million in cash into Nicaragua belonged to Mexican network Televisa.
- Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez’s 10-point lead over rival Henrique Cariles is narrowing, said a poll by Datanálisis released on Tuesday.
- Mountains mined for hundreds of years in Bolivia are at risk of collapsing, experts say.
- In other Bolivian mining news, independent tin miners in Bolivia set up a blockade to prevent rivals from controlling the region.
- Colombia’s FARC re-stated their willingness to negotiate a ceasefire.
- A Brazilian judge ordered the arrest of Google’s head of operations in Brazil on Tuesday for failing to remove YouTube videos attacking a mayoral candidate.
- Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner rejected the IMF’s criticisms of her government’s economic figures on Tuesday at the U.N General Assembly.
- Chilean newspaper, La Nación, closed after 95 years on Monday.
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