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Tabare Vazquez is getting support from many groups in the South American nation for his vetoing a bill that would legalize abortion.

[Many] welcomed his veto of a bill to allow first-trimester abortion on virtually any grounds.

Vázquez defied the votes of his party in the Uruguay Congress to expand the nation’s abortion law, which cur0rently only allows abortions in cases of protecting the mother’s life, rape or extreme poverty. The president is an OBGYN by trade. President Vazquez initially said in November he would veto the bill. “The Law on Sexual and Reproductive Health has very positive elements that should be salvaged,” he said.

“But there are others that I do not agree with from a philosophical and biological perspective and therefore they will be vetoed.”

[2May08, Montevideo, Uruguay]