Volunteer networks in Mexico aid at-home abortions without involving doctors or clinics. They’re coming to Texas.

Before abortion was legal in parts of Mexico, an extensive “accompaniment” system grew to help women safely terminate pregnancies on their own. Its organizers are now moving abortion-inducing medication across the border and helping replicate the system in the United States.

AUG. 4, 2022

MONTERREY, Mexico — Hi, I’m four weeks pregnant. Eight weeks. Six weeks.

The stream of pings and messages through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and WhatsApp reach Sandra Cardona Alanís at her home in this mountainous region of northern Mexico. She is an acompañante and a founder of Necesito Abortar México, a volunteer network that has helped thousands of people across Mexico access abortion, usually at home, by providing medication and support.

Continued: https://www.texastribune.org/2022/08/04/texas-abortion-mexico-volunteer-networks/

How Mexico’s Top Justice, Raised Catholic, Became an Abortion Rights Champion

Influenced by feminists close to him, the chief of the country’s Supreme Court helped pave the way for decriminalization of the procedure.

By Natalie Kitroeff
July 9, 2022

MEXICO CITY — When the chief justice of Mexico’s Supreme Court began voting in favor of abortion rights, his toughest opponents were the people closest to him.

His sister asked why he wanted to kill babies. His brother, a civil engineer, lost clients. Friends prayed for his religious conversion in group chats.

Unlocked:   https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/09/world/americas/mexico-abortion-chief-justice.html?unlocked_article_code=AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACEIPuomT1JKd6J17Vw1cRCfTTMQmqxCdw_PIxftm3iWka3DKDm4TiPsSGYyMvE7IaLBibNIomDGWVN5KN_omTvto0u5YOQlmSwilrN6GhY8ZIi4474KvW2d8l7T8YYcFyx64JG-oNLU4g7SloxONNDX3C6KL03QjLQl6qMRifEWt2XwP2vyTFuFqiNF73PshVZx7QD4KdzDK66ezc2h2MN2Cah3Y7wIkCaoOCXyIw4nqu_9Xex5SCFnGUHp6_W4_jdpcM9scN631RAUyLIu82f5CTzw1c_r6QsE5VIPWlL51sL_SqRXqycG-x_U-F6Q8r6r9Pa6IIFljGIHaDrwCZmNW&smid=url-share

US state legislators praise abortion access in Mexico

A group of U.S. state legislators from Texas, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and North Carolina have toured Mexico and say they are impressed by efforts to expand abortion access south of the border

By The Associated Press
May 28, 2022

MEXICO CITY -- A group of U.S. state legislators from Texas, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and North Carolina toured Mexico and said this week they are impressed by efforts to expand abortion access south of the border.

The legislators visited the country's three largest cities, Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey to meet with activists and Mexican legislators.

Continued: https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/us-state-legislators-praise-abortion-access-mexico-85045357

Mexico – Free Abortion Across Borders

Following Mexico’s Supreme Court ruling to decriminalize abortion, feminists in the country continue to help people access care. Their work can serve as a model for US activists navigating the limits of state health services.

FEBRUARY 4, 2022

This story originally appeared in Dissent on Oct. 13, 2021, and is shared with permission via the Progressive International’s Wire.

Crystal, an abortion acompañante from Mexico, has a green bandana attached to her backpack that signals her involvement in the marea verde, the “green wave” of reproductive rights activism gaining momentum throughout Latin America. In her bag she carries pamphlets from the Tijuana Safe Abortion Network and Las Bloodys, the feminist collective she helped found. Designed to fold up into a neat rectangle that slips discreetly into a back pocket, the pamphlets provide details for how to self-administer an abortion safely, avoiding legal and medical risks.

Crystal clarified that aborto libre didn’t just mean free of charge; it also means free as in liberated, free from stigma, free from medicalized control and legal restrictions, free for pregnant people to make the best decision for themselves.

Continued: https://therealnews.com/free-abortion-across-borders

Mexico activists celebrate abortion ruling as a sign of culture change

Justices decision to decriminalise abortion was based on human rights arguments and will mean fewer criminal investigations

David Agren in Mexico City
Thu 9 Sep 2021

Activists in Mexico have hailed a supreme court decision to decriminalise abortion, saying it would stop the legal prosecution of women who terminate their pregnancies – and those reported to the authorities after suffering miscarriages.

The decision, handed down unanimously on Tuesday, declared that criminal sanctions for abortion in the northern state of Coahuila were unconstitutional. The decision sets precedent, according to lawyers involved in abortion cases, and will be applicable across the country.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2021/sep/09/mexico-ruling-decriminalise-abortion-activists

Abortion Is No Longer a Crime in Mexico. But Most Women Still Can’t Get One

The Supreme Court’s decision set a legal precedent for the nation. But applying it to all of Mexico’s states will be a long path, and women are still facing prosecution.

By Natalie Kitroeff and Oscar Lopez
Sept. 8, 2021

MEXICO CITY — When the Supreme Court in Mexico issued a historic decision on Tuesday declaring that having an abortion was not a crime, activists across the country celebrated. On Wednesday, they got back to work, taking on the long and arduous process of ensuring that the legal shift applies across Mexico.

Among their top priorities are helping the women who need it most: those facing criminal penalties, often after having been reported to the authorities for trying to induce an abortion themselves under dangerous conditions.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/08/world/americas/mexico-abortion-access.html

Mexico’s top court strikes down state abortion law, rules punishments unconstitutional

Decision annuls several provisions of law in Coahuila state, which borders Texas

The Associated Press
Posted: Sep 07, 2021

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 only affect the northern border state, but it establishes "obligatory criteria for all of the country's judges," compelling them to act the same way in similar cases, said court President Arturo Zaldivar.

Continued: https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/mexico-supreme-court-abortion-1.6167196

Mexico decriminalizes abortion, a dramatic step in world’s second-biggest Catholic country

By Mary Beth Sheridan and Alejandra Ibarra Chaoul
September 7, 2021

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s supreme court voted unanimously on Tuesday to decriminalize abortion, a striking step in a country with one of the world’s largest Catholic populations and a move that contrasts sharply with tighter restrictions introduced across the border in Texas.

Eight of the 11 supreme court judges had expressed support for decriminalization in arguments that began Monday, making the decision virtually inevitable.

Continued: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/09/07/mexico-abortion-supreme-court/

Mexico’s Veracruz state votes to allow abortion, joining three other regions

July 20, 2021
By Daina Beth Solomon

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's southeastern state of Veracruz will become the fourth state in the predominantly Roman Catholic country to clear away criminal penalties for elective abortion after lawmakers on Tuesday voted to decriminalize the procedure.

The initiative to allow abortions by choice passed in a 25-13 vote with one abstention, Veracruz's Congress said in a statement.

Continued: https://www.saltwire.com/atlantic-canada/news/mexicos-veracruz-state-votes-to-allow-abortion-joining-three-other-regions-100613822/

Women in Mexico use mobile apps during at-home abortions

With abortion illegal in 30 Mexican states, women are using an over-the-counter drug for the procedure.

By Andalusia K Soloff
14 May 2021

Mexico City, Mexico – In the middle of the global pandemic crisis, Maria Muñoz, a 26 year-old journalist, found herself facing an unwanted pregnancy in Mexico City.  Fearful of contracting COVID-19 at a hospital or clinic she decided to abort at home, with assistance coming via the popular messaging service, WhatsApp.

An increasing number of women in Mexico are turning to online support networks who advise them on how to use misoprostol, an over-the-counter ulcer medicine, to abort.

Continued: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/5/14/women-in-mexico-use-mobile-apps-for-at-home-abortions