/ 09 September 2021

A landmark ruling in Mexico

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It became the first Latin country in the world to decriminalise abortion. The country’s Supreme Court yesterday ruled unconstitutional a law in Coahuila state imposing a maximum 3-year prison sentence on women who had accessed or aided abortionl. The ruling is binding on Mexico’s other states. Mexico, which has more Catholics than any other nation bar Brazil, has changed in recent years via a growing women’s rights movement. Female politicians make up half of the country’s elected members of Congress. And pro-choice supporters hope the decision will permeate the rest of Latin America, where abortion remains largely illegal. “Today is a watershed in the history of the rights of women and pregnant people, above all the most vulnerable,” Chief Justice Arturo Zaldívar said. 

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