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Mexico's Supreme Court Rejects Legalization of Abortion

Penny Starr
By Penny Starr | July 5, 2016 | 12:43 PM EDT

(AP photo.) 

The Mexican Supreme Court has rejected the legalization of abortion, according to the Latin American news website telesurtv.net and other media outlets.

“The court voted 3-1 against a move to pave the way for on-demand abortion access, rejecting a request to declare unconstitutional two pieces of legislation that effectively outlaw abortion, limiting access to specific circumstances of pregnancy endangering the woman’s life or cases of rape,” the article states.

According to current law, women who have an illegal abortion could be prosecuted.

“Supreme Court Justice Arturo Zaldivar, who championed the initiative, argued that current legislation around reproductive rights represents ‘real discrimination against women's health,’” the article states.

The report further notes that the case before the court came up after a 41-year-old woman’s request for an abortion on medical grounds was denied because her pregnancy did not meet the requirements of the law.

In Mexico City, women can have an abortion during the first trimester without any restrictions.

Flag of Mexico. (AP) 

The article says that between 1999 and 2013, more than 2,000 women died from abortion but no documentation for those statistics is provided.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, although abortion is illegal in most of Mexico, the number of abortions taking place in that country is high and increased by one-third between 1990 and 2006 – from 533,000 to 875,000.

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