Mexican Supreme Court Decriminalizes Abortion


On Tuesday, the Mexican Supreme Court ruled that abortion was non-criminal and that punishing the act was unconstitutional.

“From now on, we can no longer prosecute an aborted woman under circumstances that the court finds valid without violating the court’s standards and constitution,” said President Arturo Sardival of the Supreme Court of Argentina. .. After the judgment.

These situations will become apparent when the decision is announced, but mentions abortions that occurred within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, which is the period permitted in four states where abortion is already legal. It shows everything that is done.

According to the Guttmacher Institute in favor of abortion, more than one million abortions occur each year in Mexico, but in most areas other than Mexico City, where abortions were decriminalized a few years ago, they occur in secret. ..

According to Human Rights Watch, abortion has been a crime in Mexico since at least 1931. Under federal law, abortion is sentenced to six years in prison, women end their pregnancy, and both doctors are liable for prosecution.

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador later said that the decisions made by 10 judges in the 11th absence should be respected.

The judge has revoked some provisions of the law from Coahuila, a state bordering Texas.

The Coahuila government said in a statement that the ruling had retroactive effects and ordered the release of women imprisoned for abortion.

The ruling was passed less than a week after one of the strictest abortion bans in the United States came into force in Texas. The law prohibits abortions that occur without attempting to detect the fetal heartbeat, and if a heartbeat is detected, prohibits abortion outside of emergency care.

The Mexican decision has received praise from groups that support abortion, such as the International Planned Parenthood Federation and GIRE, the so-called “historical decision.”

“The national Supreme Court has reaffirmed reproductive autonomy,” GIRE said in a statement.

Others, including the Catholic Church in Mexico, have condemned the decision.

Bishop Rohelio Cabrera Lopez, the president of the church, and two other bishops lamented that the court appeared to be ignoring the life of the foetation in its ruling.

“The court resolution makes a dangerous and disproportionate contrast between the content and restrictions of what is called” women’s decision-making power “and” constitutional protection of the fetal “,” the bishops wrote.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Zachary Stieber

Zachary Stieber covers US news, including politics and proceedings. He started in The Epoch Times as a metro reporter for New York City.