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.
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.