On March 13, 2012, the Supreme Court of Argentina unanimously ruled that a rape victim cannot be prosecuted for seeking an abortion. The decision came on the heels of a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) that criticized the lack of access to safe abortions in Argentina. Much like the rest of the predominantly Catholic region of Latin America, abortion is a controversial topic in Argentina and is heavily regulated and illegal in most cases. Uruguay passed legislation in October 2012 legalizing abortion in the first trimester, joining Guyana as the only South American countries where abortion is generally legal.
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