Mexico’s Supreme Court rules that abortion is not a crime

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abortion providers in texas have been trying to get the law halted before it goes into effect. And so what the Supreme Court said last night was that they were not willing to do that. So they voted 54 to deny an emergency appeal from abortion providers and others who wanted to block enforcement of the law. The law went into effect Wednesday. What it does is prohibit abortions once medical professionals can detect cardiac activity and that is usually around six weeks of pregnancy before many women know that they are actually pregnant. This is the strictest law against abortion rights in the United States. Since the Supreme Court’s Landmark Roe vs Wade Decision in 1973, It’s also part of a broader push by Republicans nationwide to impose new restrictions on abortion. At least 12 other states have enacted bans early in pregnancy, but all of those laws have been blocked from going into it clinics have said that this law will rule out 85% of abortions in texas um and forced many clinics to close. Already abortion clinics beyond the texas border are feeling the impact. My colleague talked to one clinic in Oklahoma city where there were 80 appointments scheduled over the past two days and that’s more than double the typical number of patients abortion providers said that they are devastated by it. They vowed to continue fighting. Meanwhile, anti abortion groups and the texas lawmakers who passed this law are cheering what the court did and hoping that they get more positive rulings from this more conservative court. So the Supreme Court does have other abortion cases to consider. It will be considering one. As soon as this fall, we’ll have to see what the Supreme Court decides with this more conservative makeup and whether it does, decides eventually to overturn roe versus wade.

Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that it is unconstitutional to punish abortion, unanimously annulling several provisions of a law from Coahuila — a state on the Texas border — that had made abortion a criminal act.Related video above: Supreme Court leaves Texas abortion law in placeThe decision will immediately affect only the northern border state, but it establishes a historic precedent and “obligatory criteria for all of the country’s judges,” compelling them to act the same way in similar cases, said court President Arturo Zaldívar. “From now on, you will not be able to, without violating the court’s criteria and the constitution, charge any woman who aborts under the circumstances this court has ruled as valid.”The decision comes one week after a Texas law took effect prohibiting abortions once medical professionals can detect cardiac activity in the fetus. It allows any private citizen to sue Texas abortion providers who violate the law, as well as anyone who “aids or abets” a woman getting the procedure.Only four Mexican states — Mexico City, Oaxaca, Veracruz and Hidalgo — now allow abortion in most circumstances. The other 28 states penalize abortion with some exceptions.Mexico is a heavily Roman Catholic country. The church was a powerful institution through colonial times and after Mexico’s independence, but a reform movement in the mid-19th century sharply limited the church’s role in daily life. Anticlerical efforts at times led to bloodshed, especially during the Cristero Rebellion from 1926 to 1929.In a previous decision, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of women who had been imprisoned or had their rights violated for abortions. But Rebecca Ramos, director of the nongovernmental reproductive rights group GIRE, said the latest casse was the first time the justices debated the fundamental question of whether abortion shoud be considered a crime or not.The decision could potentially open another option for Texas women seeking legal abortions. For years, some women in south Texas have crossed the border to go to Mexican pharmacies to buy misoprostol, a pill that makes up half of the two-drug combination prescribed for medical abortions.

Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that it is unconstitutional to punish abortion, unanimously annulling several provisions of a law from Coahuila — a state on the Texas border — that had made abortion a criminal act.

Related video above: Supreme Court leaves Texas abortion law in place

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The decision will immediately affect only the northern border state, but it establishes a historic precedent and “obligatory criteria for all of the country’s judges,” compelling them to act the same way in similar cases, said court President Arturo Zaldívar. “From now on, you will not be able to, without violating the court’s criteria and the constitution, charge any woman who aborts under the circumstances this court has ruled as valid.”

The decision comes one week after a Texas law took effect prohibiting abortions once medical professionals can detect cardiac activity in the fetus. It allows any private citizen to sue Texas abortion providers who violate the law, as well as anyone who “aids or abets” a woman getting the procedure.

Only four Mexican states — Mexico City, Oaxaca, Veracruz and Hidalgo — now allow abortion in most circumstances. The other 28 states penalize abortion with some exceptions.

Mexico is a heavily Roman Catholic country. The church was a powerful institution through colonial times and after Mexico’s independence, but a reform movement in the mid-19th century sharply limited the church’s role in daily life. Anticlerical efforts at times led to bloodshed, especially during the Cristero Rebellion from 1926 to 1929.

In a previous decision, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of women who had been imprisoned or had their rights violated for abortions. But Rebecca Ramos, director of the nongovernmental reproductive rights group GIRE, said the latest casse was the first time the justices debated the fundamental question of whether abortion shoud be considered a crime or not.

The decision could potentially open another option for Texas women seeking legal abortions. For years, some women in south Texas have crossed the border to go to Mexican pharmacies to buy misoprostol, a pill that makes up half of the two-drug combination prescribed for medical abortions.

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