Postcard from Mexico: The US threat to abortion rights

Revisiting Roe v Wade could set back Latin America’s progress towards a more enlightened stance, says Melissa Ayala Garcia

27 MAY 2022
Melissa Ayala Garcia

While attending law school Roe v Wade was a touchstone piece of law. I would constantly revisit it, trying to decode the US Supreme Court’s legal arguments. I wanted to understand why the justices had argued for the right to have an abortion, and how that could be applied to Mexico.

The Supreme Court draft that was leaked last month made me feel a roller-coaster of emotions since it is proof that conservatives can strip away our rights. And it has come at a time when Latin American women are seeing some gains on abortion rights.