Violent protests erupted on the streets of Buenos Aires Thursday after Argentina’s senate rejected a bill to legalize abortion.
Police barricaded the senate and responded with water cannons and tear gas to keep protesters back, arresting seven of the demonstrators.
Currently, abortion in Argentina is only allowed in cases of rape and threats to the mother’s health.
On Wednesday, a “Mass for Life” was held in the Argentinian capital, and Cardinal Mario Poli, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, told the faithful: “Caring for life is the first human right and the duty of the State.”
Former Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez, who is now an opposition senator, said: “It’s a shame that we were not able to reach a consensus because the problem will continue to exist exactly as it did before we began this debate.”