Mexico high court rejects legalizing abortion

Women demonstrate in favour of abortion as the Supreme Court in Mexico City debates a proposal to declare as unconstitutional two laws that either ban or limit abortionMexico’s Supreme Court rejected a proposal to legalize abortion but suggested more debate on the issue in the country boasting the world’s second-largest Catholic population. Justices of the court’s first chamber — which deals with criminal issues — voted three to one to reject an initiative to declare as unconstitutional two laws that ban abortion and drastically limit the procedure for medical reasons. Although the capital Mexico City has allowed abortion within three months of conception since 2007, it is prohibited throughout the rest of the country except in cases in which pregnancies endanger mothers’ lives.

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