Abortions up to the 14th week of pregnancy, has been legalised in Argentina by the country’s congress.

According to BBC, it is a ground-breaking move for a region that has some of the world’s most restrictive termination laws.

This development occurred after Senators voted in favour of the bill after a marathon session with 38 in favour, 29 against and one abstention.

Going memory lane, it was recorded that abortions were only permitted in cases of rape or when the mother’s health was at risk.

Earlier this month, the bill was approved by the Chamber of Deputies

So far, the move has been opposed by a Catholic Church, which remains highly influential in Latin America, calling on senators to reject the bill supported by centre-left President Alberto Fernández.

Interestingly, other countries are expected to follow suit, after the passing of the law in Argentina, one of the largest and most influential countries in Latin America.

Meanwhile, large crowds of campaigners both for and against abortion had gathered outside Congress in the capital Buenos Aires, following the debate on huge screens.

There was jubilation in the pro-choice camp when the vote finally happened in the early hours of Wednesday.