Mexican advocacy groups question the validity of the Supreme Court’s decision

MEXICO CITY (OSV News) – The congress of Mexican footballers has expressed its concern with the decision of the Supreme Court, ruling on abortion at the federal level. Along with some Mexican pro-life groups, they questioned the legitimacy of the Sept.

In a statement on September 7, the conference of bishops said that “it is not a general statement rejecting the articles prohibiting abortion in the federal criminal law, because they remain they belong to the rest of the public; nor is it the duty of local legislatures to hasten to amend their criminal laws.”

The council based its statement on the Supreme Court granting an order called “amparo” to the Information Group for Reproductive Choice, known by its Spanish acronym GIRE. Such orders are given to individuals, as long as they do not violate any laws, according to legal reviews.

Red Familia, a pro-family nongovernmental organization, said in a statement, “Until now GIRE has not proven the impact of the criminal law. The criminal law punishes detention for the real people, but in this case it is a judicial person to get the amparo.

Representatives for the Football Association and Red Familia were not immediately available.

The Supreme Court ruling requires federal hospitals and health centers to provide abortion services, according to GIRE. The federal health system – serving wage workers, public workers and the poor – is estimated to cover 70% of the Mexican population.

The ruling, approved by three of the five judges on the court’s first bench, urged “Congress to repeal regulations that criminalize voluntary demotion.”

After the decision on August 30, an amparo was granted against abortion in Aguascalientes, one of the most conservative states of Mexico. The court ordered the state legislature to repeal its abortion laws and ban doctors from performing the tests.

The Supreme Court said in its Sept. 8: “The customs that penalize voluntary abortion, if it is done by someone or the woman or the pregnant person who buys himself, are unconstitutional by completely eliminating the right to decide.”

“The (court) considered that the criminalization of racism is an act of violence and discrimination based on gender, because it perpetuates the stereotype that women and pregnant people can use only in their sexuality to give birth and reinforce the male role imposed by the mother as a place of need.”

The Aguascalientes decision is the 12th of Mexico’s 32 states to ban abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Mexico City was the first jurisdiction in Mexico to ban abortion in 2007; 11 states followed, starting with Oaxaca in 2019.

The decision in 2021 that debates abortion in the northern state of Coahuila is based on jurisprudence, allowing challenges to abortion laws in the country.

The decision in Mexico continued a trend in Latin America of courts and legislatures loosening restrictions on immigration — even as some U.S. states have moved to restrict the process. after the US Supreme Court in 2022 overturned previous decisions to include the restriction of the constitutional right. Like parts of Mexico, Argentina and Colombia, abortion has been debated in recent years as women’s rights have taken to the streets in protests calling for increased access to abortion. .

Some states in the United States still prohibit abortion in all circumstances, however.

Mexico goes to the polls in 2024 to elect a president, although analysts say that the problems may not move to the masses – unlike the American President Andrés Manuel López Obrador who has largely avoided the word Arguably, one area is a sign that the country has many serious problems. to repair, as in corruption.

Eduardo Verástegui, actor and producer, creator of the famous film “Sound of Freedom,” signed Sept. My fight is for freedom.

He also accused the opposition candidate, Xóchitl Gálvez, of supporting abortion. Claudia Sheinbaum, the candidate proposed by the ruling party, has expressed a similar position in support of abortion.

Verástegui needs to collect signatures from 1% of voters to go on the ballot.

The bishops’ conference pledged to continue pushing for pro-life policies and protecting women’s rights.

“(The decision) shows a real truth that we need to understand as pastors and take care of with due diligence,” said the bishops.

“In an effort to protect the threatened dignity of the person,” they said, “we confirm that violence against women is dangerous and must be removed from our culture, making traditions and laws that are really suitable for this purpose.”
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David Agren writes for OSV News from Mexico City.

Mexican pro-life groups have already questioned the validity of the Supreme Court’s decision in OSV News.