Women across Latin America march in favor of abortion rights


Source: Reuters

 Thousands of women demonstrated in several Latin American cities on Tuesday to commemorate the global day of action for access to safe and legal abortion, in a region where the procedure is fully permitted only in a handful of countries.

In Mexico City, women marched to the historic center under the gaze of police with shields and riot helmets. Authorities put up protective fences on some major buildings and monuments that in the past have been spray-painted during demonstrations.


Mexico’s abortion ruling could make waves beyond its borders


Source: CNN

The ground literally shook on the day the Mexican Supreme Court decriminalized abortion: On September 7, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Mexican Pacific coast, rocking several states and killing one person.

It lasted about a minute. But the shockwaves sent across the region by the court’s abortion ruling will be felt for years to come.


Mexico’s Supreme Court Greenlit Abortion. Will Doctors and Nurses Listen?


Source: New York Times

As soon as the nurse found out that she had an abortion at home, Fernanda García knew she was in danger. The nurse began yelling that she was a criminal, that what she had done was wrong, that she would be sent to jail.

“She told me that they were going to report me, that I was going to face charges,” said Ms. García, who went to the hospital last month after experiencing pain and bleeding. “I’ve never felt so scared in my life.”


Abortion Is No Longer a Crime in Mexico. But Most Women Still Can’t Get One.


Source: New York Times

When the Supreme Court in Mexico issued a historic decision on Tuesday declaring that having an abortion was not a crime, activists across the country celebrated. On Wednesday, they got back to work, taking on the long and arduous process of ensuring that the legal shift applies across Mexico.

Among their top priorities are helping the women who need it most: those facing criminal penalties, often after having been reported to the authorities for trying to induce an abortion themselves under dangerous conditions.


Mexico’s Supreme Court Votes to Decriminalize Abortion


Source: New York Times

Criminalizing abortion is unconstitutional, Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday, setting a precedent that could lead to legalization of the procedure across this conservative Catholic country of about 130 million people.

The unanimous ruling from the nation’s top court follows years of efforts by a growing women’s movement in Mexico that has repeatedly taken to the streets of major cities to demand greater rights and protections.


In Mexico, Veracruz becomes fourth state to allow abortion


Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s southeastern state of Veracruz will become the fourth state in the predominantly Roman Catholic country to clear away criminal penalties for elective abortion after lawmakers on Tuesday voted to decriminalize the procedure.

The initiative to allow abortions by choice passed in a 25-13 vote with one abstention, Veracruz’s Congress said in a statement.


Mexico’s Oaxaca state legalizes abortion in historic move for Catholic nation


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09/25/19 – Reuters

By Diego Ore

The Mexican state of Oaxaca on Wednesday approved a bill to legalize abortion, making it only the second region of the predominantly Roman Catholic country after Mexico City to permit the procedure.

Amid raucous shouts of protest from opponents, the local Congress voted by 24 lawmakers in favor to 10 against to allow abortions during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy in Oaxaca, a southern state that has long been among Mexico’s poorest.

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266 Women are Accused for Abortion Each Year (Spanish)


Reforma, 4/9/2013

Criminalization of women who interrupted their pregnancy increased after state reforms that protect life from conception were passed.

Overall 679 Mexican women were denounced for  committing abortion between 2009 and 2011.

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Mexico’s supreme court upholds 2nd state right-to-life amendment

The Washington Post, 9/29/11

For the second time in two days, Mexico’s supreme court has let stand a state right-to-life amendment that severely limits abortions.

Thursday’s decision involves Mexico’s north-central state of San Luis Potosi. The court upheld a similar measure in Baja California on Wednesday.

Both amendments severely restrict abortions, with exceptions like rape or danger to a mother’s life. Mexico City is the only part of the country that has legalized abortion in the first trimester.

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Mexico supreme court upholds state’s right-to-life amendment, making abortion ban state issue

The Washington Post, 9/28/11

Mexico’s supreme court on Wednesday let stand a right-to-life amendment to the Baja California state constitution that says life begins at conception and effectively bans elective abortions in the northern border state.

The ruling appeared to allow Mexican states to decide individually on the abortion question, though the court has also agreed to review a similar amendment from the north-central state of San Luis Potosi.

Sixteen of Mexico’s 31 states have adopted right-to-life amendments that severely restrict abortions, though almost all continue to allow it under some circumstances like rape or danger to a mother’s life. Only Mexico City has legalized abortion on demand in the first trimester.

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