Supreme Court of Mexico decriminalizes abortion
- By unanimous vote, the Court ruled unconstitutional the criminalization of abortion in the northern state of Coahuila, where violators faced up to three years of incarceration for undergoing a voluntary abortion.
- The decision paves the way for the rollback of anti-abortion laws in all 31 states plus Mexico City and the immediate release of women currently incarcerated for having had an abortion.
- Women’s and reproductive rights activists have long battled a powerful—but waning—anti-choice movement in the country, comprised of not only the Catholic Church but international anti-abortion organizations.
“Corte declara inconstitucional la penalización del aborto en México” (El Universal | September 2021)
“Mexico decriminalises abortion in landmark ruling” (BBC News | September 2021)
“Mexico’s top court decriminalizes abortion in ‘watershed moment’” (Reuters | September 2021)
“How US organizations support anti-abortion laws in Mexico and elsewhere” (CNN | March 2019)