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.
The Veracruz state governor has pushed through a draconian anti-abortion bill as his six-year term comes to a close. State lawmakers approved a constitutional amendment on Thursday to “protect life from conception” – thus outlawing all abortions.
A 13-year-old rape victim from the state of Sonora in northern Mexico has been denied an abortion after a judge ruled that the “sex” was consensual, despite medical evidence that she was subjected to sexual violence.
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.
An insight into the work of Las Libres, the Mexican NGO that successfully defended seven Guanajuato women who were jailed after having been accused of inducing abortions.