by Steven Ertelt
April 26, 2007
Mexico City, Mexico (LifeNews.com) — A pro-life organization that monitors pro-life issues worldwide says pro-abortion groups in the United States are responsible for helping push legislation in Mexico City’s legislature that legalized abortion. The capital city’s legislative assembly approved the abortion bill earlier this week that legalizes abortion up to 14 weeks.
In a statement sent to LifeNews.com, Rev. Thomas Euteneuer, the president of Human Life International, called the Mexico abortion vote "catastrophic."
"This vote is a slap in the face to Mexico City Catholics, going against the will of the people who protested loudly in the streets," Father Euteneuer said.
He explained that one of the determining factors in Tuesday’s vote was millions of American dollars that were pumped into Mexico to undermine the nation’s longtime pro-life culture.
According to HLI, the pro-abortion group GIRE alone received more than $5 million from 1999 to 2004 to try to overturn Mexico’s laws protecting unborn children and Planned Parenthood’s affiliate MexFam received $3.4 million from 2002-2004.
"In other words, American abortion dollars bought this decision of death," Euteneuer said.
"The imperialists of death who are on the march in Latin America assaulting the Catholic values in those countries can only draw strength from this," he added, referring to pro-abortion efforts to topple pro-life laws in all of the Latin and South American countries.
The Mexico City legislature voted Tuesday 46-19 to legalize abortion and the bill will become law as soon as Mayor Marcelo Ebrard signs the measure.
Pro-life groups and legislative leaders say that they may take it to court on grounds that it violates the Mexican Constitution.
The bill also forces government-financed health clinics to do abortions if low-income women ask for them and be paid under the city’s health insurance plan, putting an additional financial strain on it.
While legal abortions in very limited cases such as rape and incest occur in various parts of the country, Mexico largely prohibits abortions — and the measure is the first step in overturning those laws.
Aided by abortion advocates in the United States, members of the left-wing political party have also proposed a bill in the Mexico Congress to legalize abortion. However, that legislation isn’t expected to be approved and President Felipe Calderon would likely veto it.