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Mexican court approves abortion for girl victims of rape | News

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The Supreme Court of Justice of Mexico (SCJM) communicated on Tuesday the approval of a constitutional norm that allows minor victims of rape between 12 and 17 years of age to abort, without the permission of their parents or the requirement of a court order. in sequence:

Congress of the Mexican state of Guerrero decriminalizes abortion

The president of the court, Arturo Zaldívar, stated that “in cases of rape, no girl can be forced to become a mother, neither by the State nor by her fathers, mothers or guardians.”

The legal provision states that the opinion in question responds “to the principle of good faith that emanates from the General Law of Victims” where it says that “the authorities will not criminalize or hold victims responsible.”

The provisions that allow access to health services for the exercise of the right of women, girls, adolescents and people with the capacity to gestate to the interruption of pregnancy in the event of rape are constitutional.

– Supreme Court (@SCJN)
May 24, 2022

The president of the SCJM defended that “forcing women or girls to carry a pregnancy derived from rape to term implies a total disregard of their human dignity, autonomy and free development of the personality, in addition to being re-victimizing and a form of gender violence”.

He added that the State has the responsibility to “adopt measures to guarantee that the interruption process is true, adequate, equal and without delay, as required in these cases.

Therefore, health authorities must safely, quickly, confidentially and free of charge manage the termination of pregnancy after the victims make a sworn statement on the conditions of conception.

In the event of rape, no girl or adolescent should be forced to become a mother, neither by the State, nor by their fathers, mothers, or guardians. Any obstacle to obtain the interruption of pregnancy in these cases supposes re-victimization and unimaginable cruelty.

– Arturo Zaldívar (@ArturoZaldivarL)
May 24, 2022

On the other hand, those under 12 years of age must go to health centers accompanied by their parents or another guardian.

In plenary, it was stated that the negative consequences of teenage pregnancy “transcend their daughters and sons, who have higher infant mortality and morbidity.”

The regulation recognizes and supports the progressive development of girls and their right to enjoy adequate levels of health, in response to demands from authorities in Aguas Calientes and Baja California, states that opposed the process.

Last week the State of Guerrero became the eighth in the country to decriminalize abortion and put into effect a regulation that allows it up to 12 weeks of gestation.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2018 Mexico ranked first in the world for teenage pregnancy, among the countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Disclaimer: Via Telesur – Translated by RJ983

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