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Argentine Supreme Court OKs abortions after rapes

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina's Supreme Court has ruled that any rape victim can get an abortion, setting a historic precedent in a country where abortions are generally illegal.

Until now, it has been up to a judge to decide which rape victims can get abortions, and generally only women with mental disabilities have been approved. In several well-publicized cases, even young girls who had been raped were forced to carry out their pregnancies.

The Supreme Court now says no rape victim can be punished for terminating a pregnancy. And they no longer need a court order. All they need to provide to a doctor is a sworn declaration.

The Roman Catholic Church is condemning Tuesday's unanimous ruling, saying abortions are wrong even in the event of a rape.

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