MEXICO – The Oaxaca Congress makes history: legalising abortion in the first trimester

On 25 September 2019 Oaxaca became the second state government in Mexico to decriminalise abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. The Federal District of Mexico was the first, in 2007. Previously, abortion was legal in Oaxaca only in cases of rape, fetal malformation, risk of death for the woman or if artificial insemination was not by consent.  The vote was 24 in favour and 10 against. The outcome of the vote was apparently uncertain … Continued

MEXICO – State level bioethics committees delaying access to abortion for girls who have been raped

Although Federal Norm 046 requires an abortion to be provided if requested by any girl who has been raped, a bioethics committee in the state of Veracruz decided not to follow the norm in the case of a 13-year-old – because the state criminal code gives them the option to refuse if the pregnancy is beyond 14 weeks. A gynaecologist in Mexico City who provides abortions in such cases says his experience is that ethics … Continued

MEXICO – Bill tabled to reform the Criminal Code to legalise abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy

On 30 July 2019, the governing Morena Party’s parliamentarians’ group has tabled a bill to reform the Criminal Code to legalise abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, so that women are not criminalised and are guaranteed a safe abortion on the health service. The initiative was led by Deputies Nancy Nápoles Pacheco, María de Jesús Galicia Ramos and María del Rosario Elizalde Vázquez. The bill also includes the provision of comprehensive sexuality education, … Continued

MEXICO – Supreme Court rules that risk to health is grounds for the right to a legal abortion

Six years after being denied a legal abortion, the Mexican Supreme Court released a unanimous ruling on 15 May 2019 in favour of the legal stay presented by GIRE. The ruling confirms that the denial of abortion when a woman’s health is at risk is not only a violation of this right, but also a violation of her right to life, personal integrity, non-discrimination and reproductive autonomy. The ruling emphasized that “risk to health” not just “risk to life” was grounds for this right.

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