Sunday, December 27, 2009
In Mexico, State Anti-Abortion Measures Proliferate in Wake of Mexico City Law Legalizing Abortion
LA Times: Mexico antiabortion forces swaying state legislatures, by Ken Ellingwood:
A year after the Supreme Court upheld a Mexico City law allowing abortion in the first trimester, 17 states have amended their constitutions to protect the unborn.
Reporting from Mexico City - Abortion rights activists dreamed of legislative victories across Mexico after the Supreme Court last year upheld a Mexico City law allowing abortion during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Instead, the opposite has happened.
In state after state, antiabortion forces have won changes to local constitutions declaring that life begins at conception and explicitly granting legal rights to the unborn. In all, 17 state legislatures have approved such measures, often with minimal debate, since the August 2008 court decision validating Mexico City's law.