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An activists against abortion holds a model of a fetus outside of Mexico's Supreme Court steps during a protest in Mexico City. The activists protest as Mexico's Supreme Court is expected to rule on a case regarding a Veracruz state law prohibiting abortion except in cases of rape, if the mother's life is in danger, or if the unborn baby is malformed.

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Anti-abortion activists protest in front of Colombia's Constitutional Court in Bogota, Colombia. Protesters gathered in front of Colombia's Constitutional Court ahead of an expected ruling that could allow more women to access abortion if approved.

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Thousands of pro-choice activists, including feminist groups from the U.S. and Chile, demonstrate in favor of decriminalizing abortion, outside Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Thousands of pro-choice activists, including feminist groups from the U.S. and Chile, demonstrate in favor of decriminalizing abortion, outside Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Waving their iconic green handkerchiefs, the demonstrators are demanding the issue be included in this year's parliamentary agenda.

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A cloud of smoke engulfs police after they put out a fire started by protesters during a women's rights protest in Mexico City. Mexican women on Saturday marched for abortion rights, highlighting increased efforts across Latin America to lift some of the world's most restrictive abortion laws.

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Women clash with police after lawmakers did not approve a law that decriminalizes abortion in cases of rape, outside National Assembly in Quito, Ecuador.

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Abortion rights advocates rally at the Capitol in Austin, Texas, to oppose state laws recently enacted that impose strict restrictions on abortion.

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Demonstrators gather on a freeway overpass during a rally in support of abortion rights, in Los Angeles.

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August Mulvihill, of Norwalk, Iowa, center, holds a sign during a rally to protest recent abortion bans, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa.

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The Texas Handmaidens join a group gathered to protest abortion restrictions at the state Capitol in Austin, Texas.

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As security guards the steps of the Supreme Court, Kristin Mink of Silver Spring, Md., holds her three-week-old daughter by a sign she brought that says, "I exist because my Mom had an abortion," as Mink joined a protest against abortion bans, outside the Supreme Court in Washington. Being able to access abortion services earlier allowed Mink to have the life she has today, with her two children.

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Cast and crew of the film 'Let it be Law' demonstrate for the legalization of abortion in Argentina upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'The Wild Goose Lake' at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes.

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Abortion-rights activists react after lawmakers approved a sweeping piece of anti-abortion legislation, a bill that would ban most abortions in the state of Missouri in Jefferson, Missouri. If enacted, the ban would be among the most restrictive in the U.S. It includes exceptions for medical emergencies, but not for pregnancies caused by rape or incest. Doctors would face five to 15 years in prison for violating the eight-week cutoff. Women who receive abortions wouldn't be prosecuted.

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Abortion rights supporters gather during a news conference at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. Abortion rights groups filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a new Utah law banning most abortions after 18 weeks of gestation, following through on a vow made when lawmakers considered the measure during this year's legislative session.

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Women hold signs to protest HB 481 at the state Capitol in Atlanta. HB 481, which would ban most abortions after a fetal heart beat is detected, has past both the House and the Senate and awaits a signature from Gov. Brian Kemp.

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Protesters stand next to a sculpture shaped like a fetus at a demonstrations against the legalization of abortion in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Women attend a pro-choice rally in favor of decriminalizing abortion outside Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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A woman covered by the Spanish words "Legal abortion" attends a pro-choice rally in favor of decriminalizing abortion outside Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Pro-choice activists in favor of decriminalizing abortion raise green handkerchiefs as they rally outside Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Demonstrators want the decriminalization of the voluntary interruption of pregnancy and that the issue be included in this year's parliamentary agenda, after lawmakers voted against the decriminalization of abortion last year.

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People gather at the Plaza de la Constitucion in Guatemala City at the end of an anti-abortion march. The march was in support of a new bill that expands the criminalization of abortion and could subject women who have miscarriages to prosecution. The proposed legislation has been approved twice by Congress and needs a third approval.

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Pro-choice activists gather around a bonfire to keep warm as celebratory fireworks go off in the distance from a gathering of pro-life activists, as they all wait outside Congress for lawmakers to vote on an abortion bill in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Senate debated a bill that would legalize elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, and eventually voted against it, keeping abortion limited to cases of rape or risks to a woman's health.

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Women march in favor loosening abortion laws in Argentina, where lawmakers are debating a bill that would legalize elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, in Mexico City. Abortion is legal in Mexico City, but outlawed in many other parts of Mexico.

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Women in support of decriminalizing abortion protest in the rain outside Congress where lawmakers are debating the issue in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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A woman attends a demonstration in support of decriminalizing abortion, outside the Argentine embassy in Quito, Ecuador. Argentina's Senate is debating legislation that would legalize elective abortions in the first 14 months of pregnancy, an issue that bitterly divides the homeland of Pope Francis.

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Demonstrators against the decriminalization of abortion gather outside the Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Following months of increasingly tense debate, lawmakers in Argentina meet in Congress ahead of a vote on a bill that would decriminalize abortions up to the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. The bandanas the demonstrators hold have a text that reads in Spanish "Save both lives."

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In this photo released by Argentina's Senate press office, protesters demonstrate in support of loosening the abortion law, left, and against abortion, right, in this photo taken from Congress where lawmakers are debating the issue in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Following months of increasingly tense debate, lawmakers are meeting ahead of a vote on a bill that would decriminalize abortions up to the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.

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Pro-choice activists in favor of decriminalizing abortion wear costumes from the Handmaid's Tale, a book and now television series, as they march through Remembrance Park, created to honor the victims of state terrorism and lists the names of those who disappeared during Argentina's last military dictatorship, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Senate vote to expand legal abortion is tentatively set for Aug. 8.

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Women in favor of a measure to expand legal abortions wear red cloaks and white bonnets like the characters from the novel-turned-TV series "The Handmaid's Tale," as they march outside Congress with placards that bear the message "Legal Abortion Now!" in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Pro-choice activists in favor of decriminalizing abortion wear costumes from the Handmaid's Tale, a book and now television series, outside Congress where lawmakers passed new, abortion-related legislation which is scheduled to be voted on by the Senate, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The novel's writer, Margaret Atwood, showed her support on Twitter for approval of the law, which would legalize elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.

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Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry protests in front of the Supreme Court in Washington.

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Hundreds of pro-choice activists chanting "We want choice not terror" protest a draft law debated by a parliament commission that would ban abortion of sick fetuses, before the parliament building in Warsaw, Poland.

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A woman holds a green flare during a protest demanding the legalization of abortion without exception, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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A demonstrator, right, holds a sign with a message that reads in Portuguese: "We are women, not incubators", as she joins others in a protest demanding the legalization of abortion without exception, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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A woman holds a sign with a message that reads in Portuguese: "To survive an abortion is a class privilege," during a protest demanding the legalization of abortion without exception, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Abortion is illegal in Brazil, except when a woman's life is at risk, when she has been raped or when the fetus has a usually fatal brain abnormality called anencephaly.

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Demonstrators hold up a sign that reads in Spanish "If I am not to die, Free abortion" during a protest outside of Venezuela's Constitutional Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela.

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Women follow on an outside television screen the discussion over an abortion law at the lower house of congress, in Buenos Aires. The lower house of Argentina's congress has approved a bill that would legalize elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, sending the measure to the Senate. President Mauricio Macri has said he'll sign the bill if it's approved.

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Pro-choice protesters gather near Congress as lawmakers debate a proposed law to legalize abortion, in Buenos Aires.

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Pro-choice demonstrators participate in a concentration to support an abortion legalization law, near Argentina's congress in Buenos Aires. Argentina's legislature has begun debating a measure that would allow elective abortions in the first 14 weeks of gestation. It's a debate that has sharply divided the homeland of Pope Francis.

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Pro-choice demonstrators stand under the Spanish message "Not one less" in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Under the hashtag #NiUnaMenos, meaning "Not one less," demonstrators demanded the stop of femicides and the legalization of abortion.

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A protester poses for a photo during a pro-life demonstration in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Under the hashtag #NiUnaMenos, meaning "Not one less," demonstrators demanded the stop of femicides and the legalization of abortion.

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Counting of votes begins in the Irish referendum on the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution, in Dublin, Ireland.

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People from the "Yes" campaign react as the results of the votes begin to come in, after the Irish referendum on the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution at Dublin Castle, in Dublin, Ireland. The first official results for Ireland's landmark abortion referendum have begun to come in, indicating a landslide win for abortion rights campaigners is likely in diverse constituencies across the country.

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Candle and flowers are placed in front of a mural of Savita Halappanavar in Dublin as Ireland has voted to repeal the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution which prohibits abortions unless a mother's life is in danger.

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A man walks past a mural showing Savita Halappanavar, a 31-year-old Indian dentist who had sought and been denied an abortion before she died after a miscarriage in a Galway hospital, with the word YES over it, in Dublin, Ireland, on the day of a referendum on the 8th amendment of the constitution.

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People from the "Yes" campaign react as the results of the votes begin to come in, after the Irish referendum on the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution at Dublin Castle, in Dublin, Ireland.

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Members of the public celebrate at Dublin Castle, in Dublin, Ireland after the results of the referendum on the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution which prohibits abortions unless a mother's life is in danger.

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A woman from the "Yes" campaign reacts after the final result was announced, after the Irish referendum on the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution at Dublin Castle, in Dublin, Ireland.

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People from the "Yes" campaign react as the results of the votes begin to come in the Irish referendum on the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution at Dublin Castle, in Dublin, Ireland. Abortion rights activists proclaimed victory for Irish women as referendum results indicated voters in largely Roman Catholic Ireland overwhelmingly backed repealing a 1983 constitutional ban on abortions.

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A woman protests against a demonstration by volunteers from Reproductive rights, against Oppression, Sexism & Austerity (ROSA) in Dublin, as they call for a 'Yes' vote in Ireland's upcoming abortion referendum on Friday.

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A pro-abortion activist with a Venus symbol painted on her face listens to a speech outside of Congress after the presentation of an abortion bill in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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A woman holds up a sign that reads in Portuguese: "Against clandestine abortion" to protest a recent congressional committee vote to make abortion illegal without exception nationwide, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Abortion is currently allowed in cases of rape, a pregnancy that threatens a woman's life or a fetus with anencephaly, but lawmakers adopted a measure that would remove those exceptions which would need a super-majority in both Congress' lower house and the Senate to become law.

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A woman holds a fetus doll in the palm of her hand outside the Constitutional Court building where anti-abortion and pro-abortion groups gathered to wait for the court's decision on whether to uphold a measure that would end the country's absolute ban on abortions, in Santiago. The court went on to accept the constitutionality of a measure to legalize abortions when a woman's life is in danger, when a fetus is not viable and in cases of rape. Congress recently approved the bill and President Michelle Bachelet has said she will sign it into law.

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Girls pose for a photo during a march in favor of a bill backed by Chile's President Michelle Bachelet, to legalize abortions in three situations: when the mother's life is in danger, when the fetus is not viable, and in cases of rape, in Santiago, Chile.

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Women participating in a nationwide “Black Monday” strike to protest a legislative proposal for a total ban on abortion, in downtown Castle Square in Warsaw, Poland.

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Jaroslaw Kaczynski, right, head of the ruling Law and Justice party, talks to party members before votes in the parliament to reject a proposal to restrict the abortion law in Warsaw, Poland. He was one of the lawmakers who objected a proposal by an anti-abortion group that would have imposed a total ban on abortion.

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A sea of thousands of umbrellas of women and men participating in a nationwide ìBlack Mondayî strike to protest a legislative proposal for a total ban on abortion, in downtown Castle Square is pictured in Warsaw, Poland.

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People celebrate during a rally at the Supreme Court in Washington after the court struck down Texas' widely replicated regulation of abortion clinics.

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Anti-abortion activists demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court in Washington as the justices struck down the strict Texas anti-abortion restriction law known as HB2. The justices voted 5-3 in favor of Texas clinics that had argued the regulations were a thinly veiled attempt to make it harder for women to get an abortion in the nation's second-most populous state.

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Abortion rights protestors march through Dublin, their banners show Savita Halappanavar’s picture

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A woman displays a placard while taking part in a religious procession during Kumbh Mela at Sangam in Allahabad.

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Special sister? A protest organised by the BJP over Savita’s death

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Women activists of Bharatiya Janata Party shout slogans against the Irish government outside their embassy in New Delhi. Pressure mounted for the Irish government to draft a law spelling out when life-saving abortions can be performed, a demand that came after a pregnant woman who was denied an abortion died.

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Blind Chinese legal activist Chen Guangchen, right, with his son and wife, left, in Shandong province, China. Chen, a well-known dissident who angered authorities in rural China by exposing forced abortions, made a surprise escape from house arrest on April 22, 2012, into what activists say is the protection of U.S. diplomats in Beijing, posing a delicate diplomatic crisis for both governments.

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