An 11th Mexican state voted to decriminalize the killing of unborn babies just weeks after 1 million pro-lifers marched across the country in support of unborn babies’ right to life.
Reuters reports the Quintana Roo legislature passed the pro-abortion bill Tuesday, allowing unborn babies to be aborted up to 12 weeks of pregnancy in the southern state. The vote was 19-3.
However, the vote occurred in the early morning, and Deputy Cinthya Millan, who opposed the pro-abortion bill, said some people did not get the opportunity to voice their opinions, according to the report. The state legislature rejected a similar bill in March.
Pro-abortion groups in Mexico and the United States rejoiced at the news. The Quintana Roo Feminist Network celebrated the new law as a step in the right direction, while promising to push for even more extreme pro-abortion legislation in the future.
“The struggle is bearing fruit,” the group wrote on Twitter. “We will insist that abortion is not only legal, but also free and safe.”
The billion-dollar abortion chain Planned Parenthood also highlighted the vote on Twitter, writing, “The green tide continues to advance in Latin America.” Green is a symbol of the pro-abortion movement.
Most Mexicans support legal protections for unborn babies. Earlier this month, approximately 1 million pro-lifers marched across the country, calling for an end to abortion and respect for all life. The Catholic News Agency reports about 200,000 pro-lifers participated in the March for Life in Mexico City alone, and hundreds of thousands more joined marches Oct. 8 and 9 in all 32 states.
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However, abortion activists have been pressuring Mexican leaders for years to repeal pro-life laws that protect unborn babies, sometimes resorting to violent protests, vandalism and threats. Roman Catholic churches especially have been targets of pro-abortion violence in recent years.
Many of these pro-abortion groups are funded by some of the richest men in the world, powerful figures like American millionaire George Soros who want the killing of unborn babies in abortions to be legal world-wide.
Last year, the federal legislature postponed voting on a bill to legalize abortions throughout Mexico, but pro-life advocates expect lawmakers will resurrect it. And a ruling by the national Supreme Court last year decriminalizing abortion emboldened abortion activists to push for more pro-abortion laws across the country.