Uruguayan president vetoes abortion law

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) -- A presidential veto has kept Uruguay from having South America's most liberal abortion law.

Women's rights groups are furious and plan protests, calling President Tabare Vazquez "authoritarian." But religious groups are applauding.

Uruguay's Congress narrowly legalized first-trimester abortions despite threats from the nation's bishops to automatically excommunicate any lawmaker who approved the measure. But Vazquez vetoed it Friday as unconstitutional.

The Socialist president has said he doesn't agree with abortion "philosophically or biologically."

The veto sends the measure back to Congress, where abortion rights lawmakers lack the votes to overturn it.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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