Mexico’s top court has made a key ruling and ends the abortion ban nationwide. The Supreme Court allows all women in the country to end their pregnancies legally.
The court shared this news on September 6th.
The judicial body found that criminalizing abortion is not legal. They say it hurts the rights of women and others who can have babies.
A group called GIRE pushed for this change. They say health workers will now avoid criminal charges for aiding in abortions.
The ruling also has another effect. Lawmakers now must erase the abortion crime from the Federal Penal Code.
Judges at all levels must enforce this new rule.
Abortion has long been a hot topic in Mexico. The country has strong Catholic roots. Yet, cities like Mexico City have already legalized it.
Before this ruling, abortion laws varied by state. Some states only allowed it in extreme cases. Others had more lenient rules.
GIRE has been advocating for reproductive rights for years. They offer resources and fight for legal changes.
Women often faced jail time or fines for aborting. Healthcare workers also risked their jobs and freedom.
The Supreme Court’s decision marks a significant shift. It puts Mexico in line with other countries.
Canada, the U.S., and some European nations have similar laws.
Human rights groups welcome the move. They say it’s a win for women’s health and rights.
But not everyone is happy. Religious and conservative groups have pushed back. They argue for the rights of the unborn.
The ruling won’t change minds overnight. Yet, it gives legal backing to women’s choices. It could also influence other Latin American countries.
The decision sets a precedent. It may lead to legal changes in reproductive rights across the region.