MEXICO – STOP PRESS: Abortion decriminalised in Aguascalientes 30 August +++ Other news from Grupo de Información en Reproducción Elegida (GIRE)

STOP PRESS: Abortion decriminalised in Aguascalientes on 30 August 2023

“The Supreme Court of Justice has decriminalized abortion in Aguascalientes. This enormous achievement was a result of an amparo filed by GIRE at the beginning of 2022, together with CECADEC, TERFU A.C., Cultivando Género and Morras Help Morras, against the regulation of abortion in the local penal code.

“In an unprecedented way, this amparo has achieved the decriminalization of abortion in Aguascalientes by forcing the state congress to eliminate the criminal definition of abortion in the Penal Code. The case was discussed by the First Chamber of the Court in relation to a project prepared by Justice González Alcántara Carrancá, who proposed to repeal the articles of the Penal Code that regulate the crime of abortion, in addition to eliminating the barriers to access abortion due to risk to life and rape.

“Thus, no woman or person with the capacity to become pregnant in the state of Aguascalientes can be criminalized, nor can health personnel or accompanying persons. Furthermore, with this decision, the state has the obligation to provide abortion services and the local Congress has the obligation to repeal the articles declared unconstitutional.


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“Three years ago, Angélica experienced obstetric violence and forced contraception when she gave birth at the Emiliano Zapata Hospital Clinic in Iztapalapa, Mexico City. With GIRE’s accompaniment, a federal judge heard the case and established that forced contraception is a serious human rights violation and a form of torture. He also established reparation measures, including the necessary efforts to guarantee the non-repetition of similar acts.

“We invite you to read about Angélica’s experience in her own voice, in the text Levanté mi voz también por ti (I raised my voice for you too, in English) in Punto G(ire)”

“I would like to address all women from Mexico City. I raised my voice for you too. I want to think that what happened to me will not happen to you. And if it does happen to you, I want you to know that there are tools and allies out there to support you.”

“At the beginning of the year, we elaborated a brochure to provide orientation to migrant women and people with the capacity to get pregnant on how to access reproductive health services, with data focused on the Tapachula, Chiapas context. Recently, we published a version of this material for Creole-speakers to ensure that Haitian people in transit could have access to the information.

“We have continued working with the Centro de Derechos Humanos Fray Matías de Córdova, A.C., to provide the informative tool to the target population. In July, this center organized workshops in the community of Puerto Madero, a town from the Tapachula municipality, to deliver brochures and kits of reusable menstrual sanitary products to migrant women. The activity was a space to recognize how reproductive experiences are intertwined with migratory conditions, and resignify and break myths around the menstrual cycle.”

At GIRE we are committed to an inclusive society.

“In the last couple of months, we have worked with MODII, part of IWORDS Communications, to improve the accessibility and inclusive language of our web page. We have made adjustments to guarantee that all people have the best access possible to the data shared on our platform.

“After all this hard work, we happily share with you that GIRE received a certification AA as a recognition of its compliance with content accessibility, which is one of the highest distinctions in the sector.”

SOURCES: GIRE Newsletter, E-mail: 31 August 2023 ; GIRE Newsletter, E-mail: 29 August 2023