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Mexico's Supreme Court rules that abortion is not a crime

 

September 8, 2021

Rebecca Blackwell, Associated Press

In this Sept. 28, 2020 file photo, a woman holds a banner reading, in Spanish, "Legal, safe, and free abortion, legalize and decriminalize abortion now, for the independence and autonomy of our bodies," as abortion-rights protesters demonstrate in front of the National Congress on the "Day for Decriminalization of Abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean," in Mexico City.

MEXICO CITY - Mexico's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that it is unconstitutional to punish abortion, unanimously annulling several provisions of a law from Coahuila - a state on the Texas border - that had made abortion a criminal act.

The decision will immediately affect only the northern border state, but it establishes a historic precedent and "obligatory criteria for all of the country's judges," compelling them to act the same way in similar cases, said court President Arturo Zaldívar. "From now on you will not be able to, without violating the court's criteria and the constitution, charge any woman who aborts under the circumstances this court has ruled as valid."

Those circumstances will be clarified when the decision is published, but everything points to that referring to abortions carried out within the first 12 weeks of a pregnancy, the period allowed in the four states where abortion is already legal.

https://www.startribune.com/mexicos-supreme-court-rules-that-abortion-is-not-a-crime/600094759/

 

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