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The big picture: Women around the world are fighting for abortion rights

Two women hold each other, celebrating after Argentina lawmakers approve a bill for abortion rights.
Pro-choice activists react outside the Argentine Congress on June 14. Photo: Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images

Argentina took a step towards legalizing abortions last week after the lower house of its legislature sent a bill to the Senate that would allow the procedure in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, the BBC reports.

The big picture: Women in countries around the world are fighting for abortion rights, but the Guttmacher Institute reported that 42% of women of reproductive age worldwide still live in countries where abortion is "highly restricted," meaning it's entirely illegal or only allowed to "save a woman's life or protect her health."