Mexico’s Supreme Court declares unconstitutional law criminalizing abortion

Only 4 Mexican states (Mexico City, Oaxaca, Hidalgo and Veracruz) have approved the legal termination of pregnancy under all grounds.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Mexican Supreme Court of Justice (SCJN) on Tuesday, September 7, declared the unconstitutionality of the criminalization of women and people who choose to have an abortion in the first stage of pregnancy and recognized the right to decide, thus becoming a historic ruling in Mexico's history.

Unanimously, the SCJN plenary Justices overturned Article 196 of the criminal code of the state of Coahuila, which imposed a prison term of between 1 and 3 years "to women who voluntarily have an abortion or to the person who causes them to have an abortion with their . . .

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