Mexican Supreme Court Decriminalizes Abortion

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Mexico’s Supreme Court (SCJN) on Tuesday, Sept. 7, voted unanimously to decriminalize abortion, making the country the most populous in Latin America to permit the procedure.

In a landmark decision for the world’s second-largesst predominantly Catholic nation, the SCJN said that the prohibition of abortion violates women’s right to decide the fate of their own bodies.

Previously, the law in some Mexican states allowed for the punishment of women who voluntarily interrupted their pregnancies, including up to three years in prison.

“Never again should a pregnant woman be criminally tried,” said SCJN Justice Luis María Aguilar, who drafted the ruling.

“Today, the threat of imprisonment and the terrible stigma that was imposed on those who chose to freely interrupt their pregnancies are forever banished.”

Four of Mexico’s 32 states had already legalized the procedure, specifically Oaxaca, Veracruz, Hidalgo and Mexico City.

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