April 25, 2007 |
City lawmakers voted Tuesday to legalize abortion in this capital during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, an action supporters say will serve as a landmark for women's rights in Latin America. The legislation could result in thousands of Mexican women traveling to the capital for legal abortions. Roman Catholic activists and the leaders of the conservative National Action Party, or PAN, have promised to challenge the law in court.
May 29, 2007 |
About 700 women have requested abortions at public hospitals here in the month since legislators legalized abortion in this capital city, and hundreds more have received abortions at private clinics, according to government officials and abortion rights groups. Women's groups have praised city officials for moving quickly to put the law into effect after its April 24 approval by the Mexico City legislature. Abortion remains illegal in the rest of Mexico.
June 14, 2007 |
The leftist party that has legalized gay unions and abortion in Mexico City said it wants to make prostitution legal in the capital. Mexico City legislator Juan Bustos of the Democratic Revolution Party, or PRD, who submitted the bill, said the move is necessary to protect prostitutes from abuse and regulate the sex industry. He expects opposition.
May 11, 2007 |
The pope, it turns out, has an editor. Fallout from comments Benedict XVI made Wednesday about abortion and excommunication has been so intense that the Vatican has simply changed the record. It all began when the pope, in a news conference aboard his flight to Brazil, appeared to endorse the excommunication of Roman Catholic politicians who vote to legalize abortion.
April 26, 2007
LAST YEAR, Human Rights Watch documented the case of a 16-year-old girl from the Mexican state of Guanajuato who was repeatedly raped by her father over the course of a year. She became pregnant and begged authorities to allow her to get an abortion; even Mexico's deeply restrictive reproductive laws allow abortions in cases of rape.
April 9, 1989 |
Weak from anesthesia, Teresa Juarez left the clandestine abortion clinic two hours after she had arrived. The fear that possessed her going into the illegal operation gave way to relief afterward. "We couldn't afford another child, and I wasn't going to bring my baby into the world to suffer," recalled Juarez, 27. "I was done with the problem." In fact, her problems were just beginning. On the way back to Mexico City from an industrial suburb, an unmarked car intercepted the white van carrying Juarez and four other women who had just undergone abortions.