Argentina's legislature has begun debating a measure that would allow elective abortions in the first 14 weeks of a pregnancy.
Crowds of supporters and opponents of the measure have gathered to watch the debate on large screens set up outside the Congress building in Buenos Aires.
A close vote is likely today.
Current law punishes women who get abortions with one to four years in prison except in cases of rape or if a woman's life is in danger.
If it passes, it could transform Pope Francis’s homeland from a country to one of Latin America’s most progressive countries on reproductive rights.