MEXICO – Story Circles and abortion stigma in Mexico: a mixed-methods evaluation of a new intervention for reducing individual level abortion stigma

This study presents the results of an evaluation of a Story Circles intervention to reduce individual level abortion stigma among women who have experienced abortion in Mexico. Using a mixed-methods approach, the study explored whether participation in the intervention reduced 18 women’s experience of stigma one month after having participated.

MEXICO – President wants a referendum on abortion, but rights are not the subject of personal opinion

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has said he wants a referendum on abortion, even though his ruling party, Morena, has sufficient votes in Mexico’s federal congress to begin a constitutional reform process to decriminalise abortion up to 12 weeks. His announcement sparked immediate opposition from abortion rights advocates. Mexico’s 32 states consider abortions criminal unless the pregnancy results from rape or if it endangers the woman’s health and life or because of fetal abnormalities. … Continued

GYNUITY HEALTH PROJECTS NEWS

I. Online course for health care providers in Latin America on midwifery and task-sharing Gynuity’s one-day training developed for public sector health providers in Mexico, has been adapted as an online course. It is conducted in Spanish by a team of multidisciplinary facilitators from Mexico and divided into three modules of 75 minutes each. It will take place in May 2019. Details about the course and how to sign up are available en español aqui. … Continued

MEXICO – SPOTLIGHT ON A CAMPAIGN MEMBER: GIRE

GIRE is the principal source of the latest information on reproductive justice in Mexico, often cited by lawmakers, media, allied organizations, and academics. In 2018, we found innovative ways to address our priority issues, including the criminalization of abortion, an agenda for the new government with reproductive rights proposals, a research study into the lack of transparency surrounding adoption in Mexico and extensive report on the state of reproductive justice in Mexico.

MEXICO – Posicionamiento de Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir ante las recientes declaraciones del Papa Francisco sobre las mujeres que abortan

Lamentamos profundamente sus recientes declaraciones sobre el aborto. Aunque desde el inicio de su pontificado no esperábamos que cambiara su postura al respecto, teníamos la esperanza de que fuera más comprensivo con los millones de mujeres que se encuentran en el dilema de interrumpir o continuar con un embarazo y con aquellas que, en medio de un profundo conflicto moral, lo interrumpieron por ser resultado de una violación o por experimentar violencia o situaciones económicas difíciles en sus hogares.

MEXICO – Capturing compassion: a survey of Mexican Catholics assessing abortion support by reason for abortion and degree of Catholicism

The main reasons women need abortion are precisely those with low support among Mexican Catholics. Focusing on nuanced measures of Catholicism can help us identify areas for shared values and frame messaging to meet the diversity of Catholic opinion. Catholicism is not an unsurmountable barrier to liberalization of abortion law.

MEXICO: 28 SEPTEMBER AND MORE

A few days after thousands of women took to the streets of Mexico City to demand the decriminalisation of abortion on International Safe Abortion Day, the party PRD put the issue on the table of the Mexica Congress. Senator Leonor Noyola, with support from her caucus, presented a bill that seeks to add three new paragraphs to Article 1 of the Mexican Constitution. Article 1 currently recognises the human rights of all Mexicans and the … Continued

MEXICO – Mexico’s new government seeks abortion on request up to 12 weeks across the country

The new government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador will seek to decriminalise abortion throughout Mexico. The future Interior Minister, Olga Sánchez Cordero, recognising that this is a topic that polarises the country, will seek a permanent dialogue with the 32 state congresses on this issue. In an interview with Radio Fórmula in July, the ex-Supreme Court judge explained that she supports abortion up to 12 weeks because she believes that women “should not be deprived … Continued

MEXICO – Two Supreme Court judgments in one week support legal abortion following rape

  “Marimar” was 17 years old when she was raped and became pregnant. She reported the crime to the authorities in Morelos, Mexico, where she lived, and requested an abortion. The prosecutor’s office sent her to the hospital. Although abortion is legal on grounds of rape in Mexico, the bioethics committee at Cuernavaca General Hospital where she sought help kept her in the hospital for two weeks, eventually denying her an abortion. In 2016 “Fernanda” … Continued

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