Despite its progressive reputation, New Zealand had until now maintained abortion as an offense under the 1961 Crimes Act, with jail terms of up to 14 years for those who procured a termination.
Conservative pastors are increasingly participating in the country's politics, turning community work into political activism and then campaigning on far-right causes.
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The new law will outlaw abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected and doesn't contain exceptions for pregnancies from rape or incest.
Missouri's restrictive abortion ban does not include exceptions for pregnancies caused by rape or incest.
The bill's sponsors want to give conservatives on the US Supreme Court a chance to gut abortion rights nationwide, but Democrats and abortion rights advocates criticised the bill as a slap in the face to women voters.
The bill to ban nearly all abortions with an only exception to protect the mother's health will take effect in six months if it becomes law. Under the ban, doctors who perform abortions could serve more prison time than rapists.
If passed, the legislation will allow elective abortions in the first 14 weeks of gestation. Argentina currently allows it only in cases of rape or risks to a woman's health.
"Children should be accepted as they come, as God sends them, as God allows, even if at times they are sick," Pope Francis says.
The lower house of the country's Congress has voted to allow abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. President Macri has said if the Senate approves the bill, he will also sign it.
A close vote is likely on Thursday and if it passes, the measure would go to the Senate. President Mauricio Macri says he opposes abortion, but would not veto the bill.
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