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

YOUTUBE – Two reports of YouTube censorship: do you know of more??

On 15 January 2018, YouTube removed two videos by Women on Waves and Women on Web. Both channels contained animations with lifesaving information about safe and effective ways to have an abortion with medications. Some of the animations can be seen in the documentary Vessel. Women on Web said: “By censoring information on safe abortion, YouTube may contribute to morbidity and mortality from unsafe abortion. By removing the video channels, YouTube violates the right to … Continued

MEXICO – Persecution of woman who miscarried in Querétaro

DM was convicted of homicide following a miscarriage in February 2015 – part of a growing trend to criminalise pregnant women in conservative parts of Mexico like Querétaro. The day the miscarriage happened, DM dropped her 7 year old daughter at school, then started her shift in a department store. At around 5pm, she felt a sharp abdominal cramp and spoke to the store nurse, who told her nothing was amiss. But shortly afterwards, while … Continued

MEXICO- Una red llamada Necesito Abortar

  Pues les cuento que soy parte de una red llamada Necesito Abortar, y es maravilloso ver como las mujeres acompañantes y las acompañadas viven sus procesos en este caso les comparto el sentimiento de una acompañante por primera vez sola… Es un proceso difícil aquí en México… (I can tell you that I am part of a network called “I Need an Abortion”, and it is wonderful to see how women who act as companions … Continued

Publications challenging abortion stigma in Mexico

  The group Equidad de Género: Ciudadanía, Trabajo y Familia (Gender Equity: Citizenship, Work and Family) has circulated the following information about their publications: Plataforma Focos Focos (Lightbulb) is a space where people make their experiences of abortion in Mexico visible – a place to listen and to be listened to. You can tell your story and listen to the stories of others: www.focos.org.mx The Lightbulb project is an initiative of the National Prochoice Alliance … Continued

Realidades y falacias en torno al abortion, salud y derechos humanos (Realities and fallacies with regard to abortion, health and human rights)

Following the 2007 adoption of a reform decriminalizing abortion in Mexico City, and the subsequent activities and advocacy against it by right-wing groups, in 2008 the Supreme Court of Mexico organized public hearings at which arguments were advanced for and against the reform. In order to contribute to a rigorous and informed reflection on this complex issue, this book analyzes these arguments from the perspective of the right to health and human rights, in the context of population policy in Mexico and considering scientific evidence on the impact of legal frameworks on women’s health and welfare globally

Mexico Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal of Patricia Mendez

The law on abortion in Veracruz state, where Mendez miscarried, calls for unspecified “educational measures” for women who abort. Mendez’s lawyers hoped to get Mexico’s Supreme Court to overturn that state law, but on 7 September the court declined to hear the case and returned it to the courts in Veracruz.

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