According to HuffPo, opponents needed 655,000 voters, a quarter of Uruguay's electorate, to cast ballots on Sunday calling for a referendum. But according to the electoral council’s website, only 226,653 people ended up participating.
Some celebrated the results, including activist group Woman and Health. In a statement, the group wrote: “The fact that it wasn't enough for a referendum clearly shows that the Uruguayan society is willing to continue moving forward.”
Though some oppose the abortion law passed in Uruguay, the measure is widely viewed as a triumph for a region in which many countries outlaw abortion. If you’re interested in reading more about where abortion laws stand in other parts of Latin America, check out our recent roundup.
According to Deputy Health Minister Leonel Briozzo, about 400 abortions a month have been conducted since the law took effect.