Uruguay president vetoed legislation decriminalizing abortion

On November 14, 2008, Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez vetoed legislation that would have partially decriminalized abortion in Uruguay. The drafted legislation proposed that a mother could terminate her pregnancy during the first 12 weeks to mitigate risks to her health, risks of birth deformities, economic hardship or other familial problems. The bill had been passed by the Uruguay Senate by a vote of 17-13 on November 11, 2008, following similar approval from the Uruguay House of Representatives during the prior week. Political outcry over his veto ultimately forced Vazquez to abdicate his position as leader of the Socialist Party in Uruguay on December 4, 2008. However, he left office in November 2010 with a record-high approval rating of 80 percent.


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