This Just In: Mexico City Votes to Legalize Abortion

By Christine Cupaiuolo — April 24, 2007

Here’s the first look from the AP. Lawmakers approved the proposal, 46-19, with one abstention. The mayor is expected to sign it into law.

Nationally, Mexico allows abortion only in cases of rape, severe birth defects or if the woman’s life is at risk. Doctors sometimes refuse to perform the procedure even under those circumstances.

The new law will require city hospitals to provide the procedure in the first trimester and opens the way for private abortion clinics. Girls under 18 would have to get their parents’ consent.

The procedure will be almost free for poor or insured city residents, but is unlikely to attract patients from the United States, where later-term abortion is legal in many states. Under the Mexico City law, abortion after 12 weeks would be punished by three to six months in jail.

The New York Times blog The Lede points to more coverage and related links — including this Christian Science Monitor story on the liberalization of social issues in Mexico:

Mexico City began offering same-sex unions in March; the northern state of Coahuila pioneered it in January. On April 12, the Senate began discussing the legalization of euthanasia. And the Supreme Court ruled in February that soldiers who are HIV-positive cannot be expelled from the military. But the abortion debate has sparked the loudest outcry — and underscored the weakening influence of the Roman Catholic Church as well as the rural-urban divide in the country.

One response to “This Just In: Mexico City Votes to Legalize Abortion”

  1. This means a lot to me, being a Mexican.

    You know, I go there every christmas to visit my family. And every year I notice that the women are getting more and more oppressed.
    Two of my aunts are victims of abusive husbands, one of whom recently FORCED HER to get a nose job (you know, so that she would look more white. duh.)

    That is why this step is so symbolic for me. The fact that women are finally beginning to be recognized. Women will finally be getting a voice. It’s wonderful!

    Viva Mexico!


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