Obstetric violence criminalised in Mexico: a comparative analysis of hospital complaints filed with the Medical Arbitration Commission by Omar Calvo Aguilar, Marta Torres Falcón, Rosario Valdez Santiago BMJ SRH 2020;46(1)   (Not open access) Introduction – Disrespect and abuse during childbirth have been reported by numerous countries around the world. One of their principal manifestations is the performance of invasive or surgical procedures without the informed consent of women. Non-dignified treatment is the second most … Continued

MEXICO – Mexican activists take to the streets in five cities to demand safe, legal abortions

Mexican activists took to the streets in five cities on 28 September 2019 to demand safe and legal abortions, many wearing the green bandanas that have become a symbol of the movement in Latin America. The largest event (photo) was in Mexico City. Local television also showed footage of marches in the states of Aguascalientes, Jalisco, Oaxaca and Veracruz. SOURCE: VOA News, by Reuters, 29 September 2019

MEXICO – How to understand the Mexican Supreme Court’s decision about abortion based on health risks

In Mexico, abortion is a state law matter. It is considered a crime in most Mexican states except for Mexico City and Oaxaca, where abortion is permitted within the first trimester of the pregnancy. In the rest of the states, abortion is allowed under limited legal indications: rape, health risks, danger of death, fetal impairment, and distressing economic situations. The legal indications are similar but not identical in the Mexican territory. The only legal indication … Continued

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

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