April recognizes 10-years of a woman’s right to choose in Mexico City
The new Constitution of Mexico City stipulates that “Reproductive Rights” establish that “every person has the right to decide freely, voluntarily and informally whether or not to have children, with whom and the number and interval between them, in a safe manner, without coercion or violence, as well as receiving comprehensive services and access to the highest possible level of reproductive health and access to information on reproduction.”
10 years ago, law reforms in Mexico City allowed legal abortions up to 12 weeks of gestation took effect in the capital, ending needless deaths of women seeking clandestine abortions.
In the context of the tenth anniversary of this public policy, the capital government through the Ministry of Health (SEDESA) and the Institute of Women of the city (INMUJERES CDMX) stated that the metropolis is the only entity in the country that considers a woman’s right to choose.
According to the Legal Interruption Information System for Pregnancy, from SEDESA, from April 2007 to April 20, 2017, 176,355 legal abortions were performed, of which 125,276 were done in Mexico City and servicing women from around the country.
The public policies ensuring that Mexico City continues to be a national and international reference in the recognition and exercise of the right of women to a free and voluntary maternity.
Induced abortion, or the voluntary termination of pregnancy, is a controversial issue in Mexico. It’s currently forbidden in 18 out of 32 Mexican state constitutions, except in case of rape, and only 13 allow it when the life of the mother is in danger. More than 679 women haven been accused or sentenced for abortion in conservative-leaning states, such as Guanajuato.
The INMUJERES CDMX – through its 16 Care Units and the Historical Center Module – provides clear, objective and secular advice about the requirements and clinics that provide the service, in case a woman decides to exercise her right. Services are provided safely, confidential, and free to those who are economically vulnerable.
You can consult the page http://ile.salud.cdmx.gob.mx/ or call 5132-0909, option #1 for more information.
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