Mexico Pro-Life Advocate: Eight Women May Have Died From Legal Abortions

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 7, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
April 7
, 2008

Mexico City, Mexico (LifeNews.com) — A leading pro-life advocate in Mexico says as many as eight women may have died from legal abortions in the nation’s capital despite media outlets and local officials acknowledging the death of just one young woman. The nation’s federal district legalized abortion last April, though it remains illegal nationwide.

Jorge Serrano Limón of the Mexican National Pro-Life (Provida) Committee says he has information showing several deaths.

As LifeNews.com reported in February, a 15-year-old girl died after an abortion practitioner failed to properly treat her.

The girl, named Vianney, died on February 15 at Balbuena Hospital from a hemorrhage that occurred after a botched abortion.

But Limón told Spero News on Friday, “we have the information, dates, and hospitals where they died" even though "the authorities will only recognize the underage girl who died in Balbuena Hospital."

Provida, the National Human Rights Commission and the federal Attorney General’s Office, are still working on a court case at the Mexico Supreme Court. They say the new abortion law violates the Mexico Constitution and its guarantee of a right to life.

“We are confident that the associate justice ministers will adhere to the Constitution," Limón told Spero News. "We beg and call upon them to not make any pronouncements that are ideological or partisan, and that they understand that life is the most important right.”

In the case of the teenager who died, the Mexico City daily newspaper El Universal quoted officials from the Federal District Health Department saying Vianney was suffering from acute anemia when she arrived at the hospital.

Health authorities indicated medical officials did nothing about the girl’s condition and, when she began bleeding heavily from the abortion, her situation became grave.

The newspaper also indicated that the abortion practitioner did not do an ultrasound beforehand and medical officials eventually learned Vianney was 16 weeks pregnant — further along than the abortion practitioner realized or than the new law allowed.

Raimundo Rojas, the Hispanic Outreach Director for National Right to Life, previously talked with LifeNews.com about the girl’s death.

"This is an unfolding tragedy that will continue to spread like a cancer if the good people of Mexico do not act and react to this story," he said.

"A young woman has lost her life, nearly 6,000 children are already slaughtered, and the abortion industry continues to insist that abortion is the panacea for the women of the Americas," he added.

As of February, there have been 6,132 abortions in the 10 months since the capital’s legislative assembly approved the abortion law.

Thus far, 272 teenagers have had abortions under the new law, the newspaper indicated.

Abortion, as it is in most of the nations in the Caribbean and Latin America, is illegal throughout the rest of Mexico and its federal Congress doesn’t appear likely to legalize abortion nationwide.

Most women pay nothing for the abortions at the public hospitals, artificially making abortion seem a better alternative, especially for poor women.

Mexico City officials say that about 75 percent of the abortions done there have been surgical in nature, with women in the rest using the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug that has already claimed more than a dozen lives worldwide and six in the United States alone.