Mexico City Sees Swine Flu Virus on Second Anniversary of OKing Abortion
by Steven Ertelt
April 28, 2009
Mexico City, Mexico (LifeNews.com) — The capital of Mexico is under international scrutiny after the deaths or hospitalizations of thousands of people from the swine flu virus. Ironically, the outbreak comes exactly two years after officials in the Mexico City legislature approved a law allowing legal abortions.
The legislative assembly, in April 2007, approved a bill that legalized abortion within the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.
While legal abortions in very limited cases such as rape and incest occur in various parts of the country, Mexico largely prohibits abortions.
While residents of the massive capital city are dying from the swine flu, the Archdiocese of Mexico Citys weekly newspaper, Desde la Fe, said the deaths of people from abortion are also "disastrous."
The paper cited more than 23,000 abortions that have been done since legalization and notes that at least 14 women have died from legal abortions in just two years.
The newspaper’s editorial warns that the immoral, unjust and intrinsically perverse legal abortion law is disrupting the consciences of all those involved, and making it so the next generation of Mexicans see killing unborn children as a normal part of society.
The newspaper praised the efforts by the state legislatures of numerous Mexican states in the last few months to strengthen their own laws prohibiting abortions.
Jorge Serrano Limon, the head of the anti-abortion group Provida, told the Christian Science Monitor after the Mexico City vote that he’s concerned that if abortion is legalized that euthanasia will be next.
"Today it’s abortion; tomorrow it’s euthanasia," he says. "It will be a chain that denigrates Mexican society."
Raimundo Rojas, the Hispanic outreach director for National Right to Life, urges pro-life advocates to continue working to stop abortions in Mexico.
"The push for a world-wide ‘right to abortion’ never ends because pro-abortion forces strategically chose areas where pro-life laws are vulnerable. Places where left-leaning governments are in place are their favorite targets, due to the fact that as a rule, leftist governments are anti-church and very liberal on social issues," he told LifeNews.com.
"Pro-lifers in Mexico City have much work ahead of them, and they must take their fight to the streets. It is imperative for them to take this argument to the good people of Mexico City and in the strongest possible terms make them aware that abortion destroys," he added.
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