>> Violence erupted in Argentina Thursday. Senators narrowly rejected a divisive bill to legalize abortion. Pro-choice activists swarmed the streets of the capital, as it was debated in congress well into the night. Riot police and tear gas were used to disperse crowds. At least seven people have been arrested.
> The Senate voted 38 to 31 against the proposed measure, which would have legalized a women's right to abortion into the 14th week of pregnancy. Currently, women can only terminate a pregnancy in cases of rape or when the mother's health is in danger.>> Just a few hours ago this morning, these streets were packed full of people on this side of the palace, abortion rights activists, all wearing their green bandanas in support of the legislation to make abortion legal in this country.
On the other side of the palace, we had anti-abortion activists who, when the vote came in, in the early hours of the morning, exploded into cheers. We had families, we had members of the church over there all supporting the fact that the bill was shot down.>> Argentina is the birthplace of Pope Francis who, in June, compared some reasons for abortion to the Nazi's eugenics program.
But pro-choice supporters say it would put an end to the 350,000 illegal and unregulated abortions estimated to take place every year, which according to government figures, is the leading cause for maternal mortality.