Mexican Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Law, Citing Human Rights

Debbie Billings – RH Reality Check – September 9, 2008

With an 8 (for) to 3 (against) vote in Mexico’s Supreme Court, the April 24, 2007 law making abortion legal in Mexico, under any circumstance during the first twelve weeks of pregnancy, is now deemed constitutional.

On Thursday, August 28, 2008, eight justices agreed that the case of unconstitutionality brought before the Court by the National Attorney General’s Office and the National Human Rights Commission against the new law was without basis. This landmark decision in Mexico means that the abortion law in Mexico City must be enforced; it also sets a strong legal precedent (known as jurisprudencia) for movements in other states throughout the country to adopt the same law. . .

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