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.
June 11, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY -- She rose to the podium and cast her eyes skyward. The mayor of Monterrey then entrusted her Mexican city to God and Jesus Christ as the crowd around her cheered. “I open the doors of this city to God as the maximum authority,” Mayor Margarita Arellanes said. “I recognize that without his presence and his help, we cannot have real success.” Whether a sign of desperation for how dire things are in northern Mexico, which is plagued by drug violence, or simply a profession of faith, Arellanes' weekend speech has rankled many in this country where the separation of church and state is a founding principle -- one that helped spark a violent uprising a century ago. One columnist called her the new Mexican Sarah Palin -- alluding, he explained, to a relatively inexperienced politician who isn't shy about wearing her religion on her sleeve, like the former U.S. vice presidential candidate.