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Irma Lopez, a Mazatec Indian, waited to receive attention at a medical clinic in Oaxaca, but her labor pains became overwhelming. Spurned by the nurses, she retreated outdoors — and abruptly gave birth to a baby boy on the hospital lawn.
A few days later, it was revealed that two other pregnant indigenous women had also been turned away from Oaxaca hospitals, one of whom also delivered on the lawn, and that a fourth woman had been forced to have her baby on the reception floor at a hospital in Puebla.
MSN News, 5/8/2013
Mexico’s most populous state is trying a new tactic to curtail extortion among its infamously corrupt municipal police forces — allowing only women to issue tickets for traffic violations. The governor of the state of Mexico, Eruviel Ávila, recently asked 12 of the 18 municipalities around Mexico City to stop issuing traffic tickets until the all-female force is installed.
The municipalities had not been complying with a 2012 law that says only officers on the special female transit teams can issue tickets in Mexico state, which has more than 15 million residents. The women officers, who wear black jackets with bright orange on the chest and shoulders to help drivers identify them easily, are already working in some parts of the state.
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.
State Police forces and the National Migration Institute (INM) dismantled a prostitution network in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, where 18 women, five Central American migrants and the rest from Veracruz, Oaxaca, and Chiapas, were forced into prostitution.
Although one might think that discrimination against seniors is a problem that is booming in Mexico, it is a phenomenon that has been around for many decades and has been made visible in recent years thanks to access to information, to the appearance of public policies aimed at this population group, and research about the issue.
In the case of women, most surveys that consider that gender studies focus on those who are economically active or who are of childbearing age. Thus leaving out the elderly.