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.

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

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.

Mexican Supreme Court of Justice rejects proposal to decriminalise some abortions 3-1

The case arose from an injunction filed by a woman who was denied an abortion on legal grounds in 2013 and it was the first the Supreme Court of Justice of Mexico discussed decriminalisation of abortion at the federal level. Unfortunately, the Court voted 3-1 against Justice Zaldívar’s proposals. They said, however, that new proposals on revisiting the abortion debate could be considered in the future.

Recent data and research findings in brief

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A selection of studies: Constructing a validated scale to measure community-level abortion stigma in Mexico; Abortion stigma around the globe: a qualitative synthesis; Abortion incidence between 1990 and 2014: global, regional, and sub-regional levels and trends; Measuring unsafe abortion-related mortality: a systematic review of the existing methods; Identifying indicators for quality abortion care: a systematic literature review; Randomized trial assessing home use of two pregnancy tests for determining early medical abortion outcomes at 3, 7 and 14 days after mifepristone.

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