by Steven Ertelt
November 6, 2007
Mexico City, Mexico (LifeNews.com) — A leading pro-life advocate in Mexico says government officials in the nation’s capital city lied about the number of deaths of women from illegal abortions when the city approved a bill to legalize abortion this spring. As LifeNews.com recently reported, the law has opened the door for women nationwide to get abortions.
The legislature of Mexico City approved a bill to legalize abortions up to 13 weeks into pregnancy.
When it did, Guillermo de Navascues, the deputy director of the pro-life group Fundacion Vida, says the health secretary of Mexico City, Manuel Mondragon y Kalb, falsified data on illegal abortion deaths.
Navascues said the report, "which was presented to the legislative assembly the day before abortion was legalized, was based on false data" that relied on statistics from pro-abortion groups.
He contends that, on the day the legislature approved the bill, the health official told lawmakers that there were 21,000 women who had died from maternal deaths from 1990 and 2005 with 1,500 dying from illegal abortions.
However, Navascues told the Catholic News Agency that Mexico City’s health department studies show different numbers. They reveal that the deaths from abortion were small compared with other causes of death.
He says Mondragon "had the clear intention of falsifying reality in order to get abortion legalized.”