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

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

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