In 2007 the Mexican Supreme Court upheld a law which decriminalized abortion in Mexico City. Since then, twelve Mexican states have approved constitutional reforms defining personhood as beginning at the moment of conception.
According to a report on Tuesday from Life Site News,
the pro-life movement in Mexico is gaining ground. While abortions are
still available in cases of rape and when the mother’s life is at risk,
the option of terminating a pregnancy for any other reason is looking
grim to those south of the border.
My mother used to say that children take you places you didn’t know you wanted to go. For me, it’s required classes. Who knew political policy could be so enthralling?
New abortion restrictions in Mexico not only demonstrate a shocking lack of compassion, they also directly contradict strong evidence that restricting abortion access does not make abortion less common.
Mexico’s Supreme Court has ruled that despite the strength of the Catholic Church and conservative forces, science, secularism, and human rights are the true basis for deciding whether or not Mexico City’s abortion law should be upheld.
Mexico Supreme Court will uphold one-year-old Mexico City abortion law; Confusion still remains about John McCain’s anti-choice positions; Pennsylvania asks for federal abstinence-only funds for after school programs.
A new poll shows that the public is at odds with their country’s laws. Most people reject using criminal penalties to prevent abortions.
María Luisa Sánchez Fuentes, executive director of GIRE in Mexico, discusses Mexico City’s recent legalization of abortion to 12 weeks of gestation, and what the U.S. can learn from GIRE’s organizing strategy.
On April 24, 2007, the Mexico City Legislative Assembly decriminalized abortion during the first 12 weeks of gestation. The capital city, a federal district similar to Washington, DC, now has one of the most progressive laws on abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean; after only Cuba, Guyana and Puerto Rico; and sets an important precedent for Latin America.
Mexico, the second most populous country in Latin America, has a critical need for contraception, but is unable to meet the demand due to social and economic factors. Access and education must be improved so that women may live in dignity—and equality with men.