According to a report on Tuesday from Life Site News, the pro-life movement in Mexico is gaining ground. While abortions are still available in cases of rape and when the mother’s life is at risk, the option of terminating a pregnancy for any other reason is looking grim to those south of the border.
“San Luis Potosi has passed a pro-life amendment to its constitution by an overwhelming majority of 21-4, with two abstentions, becoming the 13th state in recent months to do so. The amendment reads: ‘The State of San Luis Potosi recognizes human life as fundamental for all human rights, for which reason it is respected and protected from the moment of its initiation in conception.’”
This kind of legislation that puts the embryo before the mother isn’t new in Mexico, where more than a third of the country’s 31 states have passed similar legislation. In 2007, Mexico City passed legislation “which depenalized abortion on demand during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, and mandated its provision in public hospitals.”
But international groups are standing up for the right to choose. Today, the Latin American Herald Tribune reported that members from the Coalition for Women’s Health protested in the federal district of Mexico City against legislation that promotes “the rights of an embryo over those of women.”
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“Taking advantage of the proximity of the July 5 midterm congressional elections, the activists staged a ‘protest caravan’ at the main offices of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, the governing National Action Party, or PAN, and the Party of the Democratic Revolution, or PRD.”
While we’re busy paying attention to the Supreme Court and California voters, others are fighting crucial battles right beneath us.