by Steven Ertelt
April 27, 2007
Mexico City, Mexico (LifeNews.com) — With abortions set to be legalized for the first time in Mexico thanks to a bill in the capital city’s legislature allowing them up to 14 weeks into pregnancy, pro-life groups are preparing educational campaigns. They want to begin the process of educating about the risks associated with abortions and promoting alternatives.
The Mexico City legislative assembly voted for the abortion bill, which also forces city clinics to do abortions for poor women and those on the city’s health insurance program.
Some pro-life groups have responded by saying they will use civil disobedience to keep abortions from being done, but others are looking to education and information to persuade women to keep their babies.
Jose Antonio Fernandez of the organization Dignidad Ciudadana told the newspaper La Jornada that the coalition of groups will soon begin a radio and television campaign.
The effort will "warn young people about the risks of the practice of abortion, and they will put in motion a support system for women who are in danger of having abortions," he said.
A pro-life group of Catholic attorneys have already announced that they will pursue a lawsuit seeking to get the law declared unconstitutional and Fernandez told the newspaper the organizations such as the Knights of Columbus would support the suit.
He indicated the National Action Party (PAN), which is the political party of Mexico President Felipe Calderon, will spearhead the lawsuit as well.
The newspaper also reported that Armando Martinez, the head of the College of Catholic Lawyers, will ask that the Mexico attorney general help the effort.
Catholic World News also reports that several pro-life groups in the nation will "intensify efforts to promote adoption as an alternative to abortion and to support laws that prevent employers from firing pregnant women."