Mexico Presidential Candidate Wants to Keep Pro-Life Laws on Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 5, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 5, 2006

Mexico City, Mexico ( — In this Catholic nation of more than 100 million people, abortion is rarely allowed. A woman considering an abortion must have been a victim of rape or incest, must be in danger of losing her life because of the pregnancy, or her unborn child must have severe physical deformities.

Mexican presidential candidate Felipe Calderon wants to keep it that way.

Calderon has said in previous interviews that he opposing distributing the morning after pill, which can sometimes cause an abortion, and the told Knight Ridder that he wants to keep abortion illegal in Mexico.

"On the subject of abortion, I am pro-life, and I also see that it is a matter clearly regulated by law, and most of all in judicial terms well settled," he said.

Calderon uses Scripture in his speech and presses his party’s pro-life views on the stump — which is credited with helping him win the nomination.

The three leading candidates for president in Mexico are running to succeed President Vicente Fox, who was the first person outside the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in more than 70 years.

Calderon, like Fox, is a member of the pro-life National Action Party (PAN). He faces PRI candidate Roberto Madrazo who is so closely identified to the corruption in Mexico that he doesn’t use his last name or party affiliation in television commercials.

The front-runner is Manuel Lopez Obrador of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) who is a self-described Socialist and the former mayor of Mexico City.

PRD has come under fire from pro-life groups for attempting to make abortion legal. The party sponsored a bill in the Legislative Assembly of Mexico City to allow abortions in cases of supposed threats to the mother’s health from the pregnancy.

Polls in Mexico vary widely on which of the three has the lead for the July 2 elections, but most show Calderon chipping away at Lopez Obrador’s lead and Madrazo lagging in third place.

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