Monday, September 1, 2008
The Supreme Court of Mexico had upheld Mexico City's abortion law by a vote of 8-3. The law allows abortions during the first trimester of pregnancy. It is the only place in Latin American (other than Cuba) that allows for unrestricted abortions in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. In light of the Supreme Court's ruling, other states in Mexico may adopt new abortion laws. The ruling was seen as a defeat for President Felipe Calderon, whose government had filed the constitutional challenge to the law that Mexico City had passed in April 2007.