MEXICO – Supreme Court rules that risk to health is grounds for the right to a legal abortion

MEXICO – Supreme Court rules that risk to health is grounds for the right to a legal abortion

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
May 17, 2019

The Grupo de Información en Reproducción Elegida (GIRE) has written to share another historic win for abortion in the Mexican Supreme Court! They report:

Margarita’s doctor told her that if she continued the pregnancy, she was at risk of serious health complications – pre-eclampsia, diabetes, small bowel obstruction, thrombosis and malnutrition. Yet she was denied an abortion. Six years after she was denied a legal abortion, the Mexican Supreme Court released a unanimous ruling on 15 May 2019 in favour of the legal stay presented by GIRE. The ruling confirms that the denial of abortion when a woman’s health is at risk is not only a violation of this right, but also a violation of her right to life, personal integrity, non-discrimination and reproductive autonomy. The ruling emphasized that “risk to health” not just “risk to life” was grounds for this right.

The ruling was overwhelmingly positive, recognizing from a gender perspective that, for women, the right to health must include access to abortion when their health is at risk. The Court also emphasized women’s specific need for reproductive health services and the impact that the denial of abortion when their health is at risk has on their lives.

This case also demonstrates the unwavering dedication of GIRE’s team. For six years, we were committed to securing justice for Margarita, and as a result, we will now be able to use this ruling to ensure that public health institutions guarantee abortion services to all women whose health is at risk, upon their request.

SOURCE: E-mail from Regina Tames, Executive Director, GIRE, Mexico, 16 May 2019
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In Mexico, where most states ban abortion completely, women seeking that procedure find support networks on their own.

Marissa Revilla Senior Reporter
May 1, 2019

A note about this series: Global Press Journal reporters around the world examined their communities’ approaches to reproductive health, including values and priorities and how international policies impact them. Read the other stories in this month-long series here.

SAN CRISTÓBAL DE LAS CASAS, MEXICO — Already a mother and just a few weeks pregnant again, Cinthia N., 26, was certain she wanted to get an abortion. She was in a relationship with a violent man, she says, and didn’t want to bring another child into that situation.

But abortion is largely illegal in Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state. Involvement in an abortion, whether as the pregnant woman or as someone assisting, can lead to jail time.

Continued: https://globalpressjournal.com/americas/mexico/support-networks-invaluable-mexican-women-seeking-illegal-abortions/

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Mexican president considers abortion referendum

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López Obrador is unlikely to push for legalization now, as he needs Catholic Church to help fight violence.

John Burger
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Andres Manuel López Obrador did a good job keeping the abortion issue out of his campaign for president of Mexico last year. But he might be confronting it now.

At a recent celebration for International Women’s Day, the Mexican President had to deflect charges that he wants a referendum on abortion.

Continued: https://aleteia.org/2019/03/27/mexican-president-considers-abortion-referendum/

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How US organizations support anti-abortion laws in Mexico and elsewhere

How US organizations support anti-abortion laws in Mexico and elsewhere

By Rossalyn Warren, CNN
Tue March 12, 2019

Mexico City (CNN)Susana Dueñas Rocha was just 21 years old when she was sentenced to 30 years in prison. A court found her guilty of obtaining an abortion, a criminal offense in Mexico.

Rocha's throat dried and her eyes welled as she listened to the ruling in 2004 in Guanajuato, a state just north of Mexico City. Her mind kept racing: Why would no one believe her? She told everyone who would listen that she didn't have an abortion but a miscarriage.

Continued: https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/12/health/mexico-abortion-us-org/index.html

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Mexico’s president wants abortion referendum

Mexico's president wants abortion referendum

By Patrick Timmons
Mar 11, 2019

MEXICO CITY, March 11 (UPI) -- Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he wants a referendum on abortion, sparking immediate opposition from abortion rights advocates in this overwhelmingly Catholic country.

Mexico's 32 states consider abortions criminal unless the pregnancy results from rape or if it endangers the woman's health and life or because of fetal abnormalities. Mexico City is the country's only jurisdiction that permits a woman to abort up to 12 weeks of gestation.

Continued: https://www.upi.com/Mexicos-president-wants-abortion-referendum/7351552323810/?rc_fifo=1

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New Study Examines Characteristics of Women Seeking Abortion in Mexico City

New Study Examines Characteristics of Women Seeking Abortion in Mexico City

Guttmacher Institute
Dec 18, 2018

Women who come from outside of Mexico City to obtain legal abortions are better educated, on average, than abortion seekers residing in the city and, to an even greater extent, than the residents of the communities from which they come. According to “Education, Place of Residence and Utilization of Legal Abortion Services in Mexico City, 2013–2015,” by Leigh Senderowicz and Ana Langer of Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Patricio Sanhueza of Mexico City’s Secretariat of Health, these differences likely reflect that women who are more educated are in a better position to make the journey to obtain the abortion services they need.

Continued: https://www.guttmacher.org/news-release/2018/new-study-examines-characteristics-women-seeking-abortion-mexico-city

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Incoming government of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador reignites debate over women's reproductive health in the country.

by Isabella Cota
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Mexico City - Mexico's new government is yet to take office, but it has already reignited a fierce debate on women's reproductive rights that could end in a polarising referendum.

Shortly after a landslide victory by left-wing politician Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in the July 1 presidential elections, his interior minister-to-be drew both praise and criticism when she declared herself in favour of abortion rights.

Continued: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2018/11/whats-future-abortion-rights-mexico-amlo-181130202340174.html

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Mexico – Bill presented to legalize abortion via constitutional amendment

MEXICO: 28 SEPTEMBER AND MORE
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Oct 30, 2018

A few days after thousands of women took to the streets of Mexico City to demand the decriminalisation of abortion on International Safe Abortion Day, the party PRD put the issue on the table of the Mexica Congress. Senator Leonor Noyola, with support from her caucus, presented a bill that seeks to add three new paragraphs to Article 1 of the Mexican Constitution. Article 1 currently recognises the human rights of all Mexicans and the obligation of the State to protect them. These new rights would be:

- The right to self-determination and the free development of personality, so that all people can freely exercise their abilities to live in a dignified manner.
- The right to a free and dignified death, as well as the obligation of the institutions involved to guarantee the exercise of this right.
- Free access to the termination of pregnancy before 12 weeks of gestation, and the obligation of health institutions to ensure the care and protection of women who want to exercise it.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/mexico-28-september-and-more/

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Abortion in Latin America: Four women’s voices

Abortion in Latin America: Four women's voices

04 Sep 2018

MONTEVIDEO: To legalise or not to legalise, that is the question on the lips of many legislators in Latin America since Argentina opted not to decriminalize abortion following a senate vote.

It did at least open the way for greater debate on a subject viewed so differently across the region in which abortion is entirely legal in Cuba and Uruguay, but where women can even be jailed for a miscarriage in El Salvador.

Continued: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/abortion-in-latin-america-four-women-s-voices-10682762

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One Woman Denounced For Abortion Every Day in Mexico: Report

One Woman Denounced For Abortion Every Day in Mexico: Report
In Mexico City, abortion is legal until the 12th week of pregnancy. It is banned throughout the rest of the country, except in cases of rape.

Published 1 September 2018

In the last ten years, Mexico has registered 4,246 cases of abortion denouncement, meaning that on average one woman (1.16) is reported to the police every day for seeking the process, according to a new report.

Titled ''Maternity and Punishment' and presented at the National Autonomous University of Mexico by the Information Group on Decided Reproduction (GIRE), the report says 136 people are currently imprisoned in Mexico in connection with abortion.

Continued: https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Woman-Denounced-Abortion-Crimes-Every-Day-Mexico-20180901-0017.html

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