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One by One, Province by Province: A Breakdown of the Abortion Vote in the Lower House

Stats on the historic and cross-cutting vote that broke party lines.

By | [email protected] | June 14, 2018 8:58pm

1528987739180614009Supporters of abortion reform celebrate after the Lower House gave the bill its approval this morning. Buenos Aires, June 14, 2018. (Noticias Argentinas / Hugo Villalobos)

Once the results confirming that the decriminalization and legalization of abortion bill had been passed were read out, the celebrations this morning didn’t echo out from one particular side of the Lower House. They were instead scattered throughout the floor, reflecting the cross-cutting and unique coalition that successfully pushed through abortion reform.

Nearly 24 hours after debate first kicked off, 129 lawmakers from across the political spectrum voted this morning to approve a bill to decriminalize and legalize abortion.

They were opposed by 125 lawmakers, similarly drawn from a wide array of parties.

A vote tally that was later corrected shows the distribution of votes for and against abortion. June 14, 2018. (Noticias Argentinas / Hugo Villalobos)

Here’s a full count of how voting went today:

Vote Results, Abortion Reform, Lower House, Argentina, June 14, 2018 by The Bubble on Scribd

And some figures on how the parties and provinces, and women and men voted:


– Of the 108 Cambiemos lawmakers (PRO-Unión Cívica Radical-Coalición Cívica and allies), 42 voted for abortion reform (38 percent) and 65 against. Speaker Emilio Monzó did not vote, as the speaker only votes in the case of a tie.

– 17 of the 53 PRO lawmakers (32 percent) voted to support abortion reform.

– 24 of the 40 Unión Cívica Radical lawmakers (60 percent) voted to back the decriminalization and legalization of abortion.

–  8 out of 9 members of the Coalición Cívica (88 percent) voted against the bill. Only Juan Manuel López voted in favor of the bill.

–  55 of the 64 lawmakers (86 percent) that vote with the Frente para la Victoria voted for abortion reform.

– 8 of the 18 lawmakers (44 percent) in the traditional Peronist Bloque Justicialista group voted for abortion reform.

– 9 of the 21 lawmakers (43 percent) that have Sergio Massa as their political leader voted for abortion reform.

– 100 percent of leftist lawmakers (4) voted to decriminalize and legalize abortion


– 16 of 69 lawmakers representing Buenos Aires (23 percent) voted against abortion reform, 49 (71 percent) voted for, one was absent and one was Monzó.

– 5 out of 8 lawmakers from the City of Buenos Aires voted for abortion.

– All 5 lawmakers (representing 4 different parties – UCR, Frente para la Victoria, PRO, Peronismo para la Victoria) from Río Negro voted for abortion. Similarly, all 5 lawmakers from Tierra del Fuego voted for abortion.

– Every lawmaker from Salta (7 lawmakers, representing the Justicialistas, Frente para la Victoria, PRO, UCR, and Salta Somos Todos) voted against reform. Every lawmaker from Santiago del Estero (8 in total) also voted against abortion reform.

– 9 of the 19 lawmakers from Santa Fe province voted for abortion. Every lawmaker from San Juan voted against it.

– The only abstention came from Córdoba, and lawmakers from the province voted overwhelmingly against the reform by a margin of 12 to 5.

Women and Men

– According to a count carried about Economia Femini(s)ta, 50 of the 100 women in the Lower House voted for abortion, one abstained, and 49 voted against. As such, 79 men voted for, 76 against, one was absent, and one did not vote (Monzó).

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