Mexico City Sees 34K Abortions Since Legalization in 2007, Network Pays for More

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 28, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Mexico City Sees 34K Abortions Since Legalization in 2007, Network Pays for More

by Steven Ertelt Editor
December 28
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — The members of the legislative assembly of the federal district of Mexico City voted to legalize abortions in 2007. Since then, abortion business have done approximately 34,000 abortions and those numbers are likely set to increase — though they have prompted a backlash in other Mexican states.

The legislative assembly, in April 2007, approved a bill that legalized abortion within the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.

The Archdiocese of Mexico City’s weekly newspaper, Desde la Fe, cited more than 23,000 abortions as of April 2009 and that number how now reached 34,000 according to a new Los Angeles Times report.

The abortions take place at the city’s 14 public hospitals and at least one teenager girl died from a botched abortion, though pro-life advocates say there have been more undocumented deaths.

Following passage of the law, the Mexico Supreme Court, in August 2008, upheld the legislation — but that has led to 17 Mexican states passing laws or state constitutional amendments affirming their abortion bans or noting the unborn child’s right to life.

The pro-life groups and Catholic leaders in Mexico hope the action in the state legislatures will prompt the Mexico Congress to consider an amendment to the national constitution that would trump the Mexico City law.

Jorge Serrano Limon, who heads ProVita, told the Times that, following the Mexico City measure states "began to debate it and concluded that abortion goes against the rights of the person, against the woman."

"It was a response. The response was pro-life legislation," he said.

The Times also notes that the once-dominant Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, has been moving to the pro-life direction on abortion as it seeks to upend the National Action Party (PAN) of President Felipe Calderon, who is pro-life, and win the next presidential election.

Political analysts told the Times that PRI doesn’t want PAN to lead the push and be able to mobilize voters behind the popular issue of opposing abortion.

Calderon has said he would not sign a law to allow abortions throughout the country, but that could change if he is defeated by a pro-abortion candidate in the next election.

Serrano told the Times that, between now and the next elections, he hopes the remaining 14 states will pass pro-life laws and that it will lead to electing more pro-life officials and action on the national level.

But, abortion advocates are moving in the other direction and looking to exploit the Mexico City abortion law as long as it remains on the books.

The pro-abortion group Abortion Fund for Social Justice is drawing complaints from Catholics because it has created a project called the Maria Network that is drawing on money from abortion advocates in the United States to fund abortions for poor Mexican women.

The network sidesteps the pro-life laws in other Mexican states by paying for travel and other expenses associated with getting pregnant women from the rest of the country to Mexico City for abortions.

The group is part of the U.S.-based National Network of Abortion Funds that paid for 24,000 abortions in the United States this year.

Related web sites:
Comite Nacional Pro Vida –
Mexico Supreme Court Issues Final Ruling on Abortion, Limits Decision’s Scope

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