The Mexican state of Oaxaca voted to legalize the killing of unborn babies for any reason up to 12 weeks of pregnancy Wednesday, as pressure grows on pro-life countries to legalize abortion on demand.
The AP reports state lawmakers voted 24-12 in favor of the pro-abortion law, making Oaxaca the second jurisdiction in Mexico to allow abortions.
Abortion laws vary by state in Mexico. Abortions are legal up to 12 weeks in Mexico City, but other states prohibit or widely restrict the killing of unborn babies.
After the vote, abortion activists celebrated on the streets, shouting, “We have to abort, we have to abort this patriarchal system!” according to AFP. Meanwhile, pro-life advocates mourned the news and prayed for politicians who would “defend life, God and the commandments.”
Pro-life countries are facing intense international pressure to legalize the killing of unborn babies, often from groups financed by some of the richest men in the world. The United Nations has slammed pro-life laws as abusive and claimed abortion is a human right.
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But some political leaders are rejecting the push and trying to increase protections for the unborn. In 2018, legislators in the state of Sinaloa approved a constitutional amendment to protect unborn babies from the moment of conception.
Last October, the Mexican March for Life also brought hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers together to support the right to life. They rallied around the theme “the two lives,” which recognizes that the mother and her unborn child both are unique, valuable human beings.
Below is an image of an unborn baby at 12 weeks.