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Mexico's Supreme Court May Overturn Abortion

Mexico's Supreme Court May Overturn Abortion

Today Mexico’s Supreme Court is deliberating on whether or not to overturn the 2007 law that legalized abortion in Mexico City.

Primarily meant to help the city’s poorest women, who had received one too many botched abortions at illegal clinics, the law has been met with unrelenting resistance in the Catholic country. Eighty-five percent of gynecologists have declared themselves conscientious objectors, and hospital staff members have been reported as hostile and demeaning, creating unnecessary impediments for women. At right, a woman lays out pictures of women who received abortions, during a demonstration in support of the law. About 8,000 women took advantage of it last year alone.

To see the problems they're grappling with,


With so many doctors objecting, the city’s 14 hospitals have been unable to provide services fast enough, and many women are unable to receive their abortion within the legalized first-trimester limit. Willing doctors have been trained to administer abortion pills and perform speedier (I-don’t-even-want-to-know) abortions. Not surprisingly, problems persist.

To improve treatment, officials are moving low-risk abortions out of overworked hospitals and into smaller public clinics, where they hope staff will be more supportive. But whether or not these improvements can continue hinges on the Supreme Court’s decision, which could come as early as this week.


gabitzgabitz gabitzgabitz 9 years
and of course i'm using kill in a figurative manner... poor choice of word, but i can't edit that comment! ;)
gabitzgabitz gabitzgabitz 9 years
i'm sorry jacrabbit84 but family is way tighter here in MX than in the US, so even though we might seem more *traditional* and what not (what am i talking about, the majority Mexican society is super conservative), i think it's easier for a woman here to be supported in her decisions than over there. Parents may kill a girl for a)getting pregnant and b)wanting to get an abortion, but we can be sure that they'll support us no matter what
thelorax thelorax 9 years
I'm anti-abortion myself...but honestly, it's not an easy question to answer. I don't believe there IS a clear, 100% right answer. Either side breaks my heart. There are so many sad stories here in the U.S. where women are free to do pretty much whatever they please and someone will support them; I can only imagine what a horrible, terrible decision this would be for a woman in Mexico who has no one to support her in what she decides to do.
lexichloe lexichloe 9 years
One other reason for illegal immigration to become a right in the US?
Jillness Jillness 9 years
Woo hoo! Lucky us. ;)
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
Ah, thanks Jillness! I had no time in the midst of wedding planning and job searching. Now I'm comfortable enough in my new job to slack off a bit!
Jillness Jillness 9 years
Where you been Mandy? I've missed you!
Jillness Jillness 9 years
ilanac, I agree that it is such a complicated issue. Your sensitive approach to the topic sets a good example. :)
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
Agreed, Stephley!!
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
this is such a hard topic to really be on one side or another. i think that to avoid the mishaps that happened - it made sense to legalize it - but then again, when you do that - then you're opening the door for people to be less responsible with their actions. i can't even begin to say that i'm pro or con to this one since it's really complicated. i guess we'll just have to wait this one out and see what the reprocussions are of the decisions if they do decide to overturn it.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
Good point, Stephly. The botched abortion aspect is a very strong one for me. Abortion restrictions would make so much more sense to me if they were combined with HEAVY support for birth control methods and factual sexual education. But I am guessing that if they are against abortion because they are Catholic, they will probably be against birth control as well (traditionally speaking, anyway).
mondaymoos mondaymoos 9 years
Preach on, stephley.
stephley stephley 9 years
It would help babies and children more if the Church dedicated its money and power to supporting efforts to bring better justice to Mexico's society, and to resolving poverty issues...and worked less on controlling women.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
That's what is always the kicker for me. Abortion is a complex issue, but the idea of back-alley abortions that will happen anyways...they're just so much more dangerous.
em1282 em1282 9 years
This is some depressing post-lunch news. :(
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