Mexico: minors can abort if raped without parents’ consent

May 24, 2022
By Meleny Gradillas

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's Supreme Court has ruled that an underage girl can get an abortion without parental consent if she had been raped.

The court ruled Tuesday it was not necessary to have filed a crime report about the rape; the victim only has to swear she was raped. The court held last year that it was unconstitutional to punish abortion.

As Mexico’s highest court, its ruling barred all jurisdictions from charging a woman with a crime for terminating a pregnancy. Statutes outlawing abortion are still on the books in most of Mexico’s 32 states.

Abortion was already readily available in Mexico City and some states.