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Mexican state of Baja California Sur decriminalizes abortion | News

Feminist and women’s groups celebrated this Thursday the decriminalization of abortion in Baja California Sur, after the initiative approved by the Congress of that state, with which there are already nine Mexican entities where this practice is legal.

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Congress of the Mexican state of Guerrero decriminalizes abortion

For its part, the Seed Fund in Mexico urged “that all of Mexico and Latin America continue to be painted green, until the right to a safe abortion is guaranteed for all women and pregnant people.”

With 16 votes in favor and three against, the legislative body established reforms to allow the interruption of pregnancy up to 12 weeks of gestation, where the presented text highlights that “it is essential that the sexual and reproductive rights of women, as well as all decisions about their own bodies become a right of all Mexican women”.

Similarly, the Ipas platform highlighted that “abortion is an issue of public health, social justice and human rights. There are arguments based on scientific evidence that demonstrate that its decriminalization benefits the lives and well-being of women.”

The proposal was presented on May 26 as part of a citizen initiative led by the president of the Women’s Community Action Center in La Paz, Mónica Iris Jasis Silberg, with which it sought to allow abortion up to 14 weeks of gestation, although it was concluded that the limit be established until week 12.

According to Ipas, between 4.7 percent and 13.2 percent of annual maternal mortality can be attributed to unsafe abortions, and in 2008, there were 47,000 deaths from unsafe abortion worldwide.

In Mexico between 2002-2019, 18,101 maternal deaths were recorded, 2,272 in adolescents between 15 and 19 years old and 105 deaths in girls between 10 and 14 years old.

On May 25, 2022, the Supreme Court of Justice of Mexico (SCJM) approved a constitutional norm that allows minor victims of rape between 12 and 17 years of age to abort, without parental permission or the requirement of a court order.

For its part, the Congress of Guerrero approved on May 18 with 30 votes in favor, 13 against, one abstention and one invalid, the decriminalization of abortion, becoming the eighth entity in that country to legalize the voluntary interruption of pregnancy.

Disclaimer: Via Telesur – Translated by RJ983

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