The Mexican Government Considers Legalizing Abortion
I didn't know there were plans to legalize abortion in Mexico:
MEXICO CITY - The Vatican's top anti-abortion campaigner kicked off the Roman Catholic Church's aggressive campaign against plans to legalize abortion in Mexico Friday.
Lawmakers from the main opposition Democratic Revolution Party, who proposed the bills to legalize abortion in the first three months of pregnancy, have asked the church to stay out of the matter.
The bill to legalize abortion is expected to easily pass in Mexico City, a leftist bastion where Democratic Revolution holds the mayorship and the majority of seats in the city legislature. Democratic Revolution lawmakers have filed a similar bill in the national Senate, but it is expected to face a tough battle there.
Most Latin American countries, including Mexico, allow abortion if the woman's life is in danger or in cases of rape or incest. In November, Nicaragua passed a law banning abortion in all cases. Cuba permits abortions within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, as does the United States.
Wealthier Mexican women often travel to the United States for abortions, while thousands of poor women risk drinking potent herbal teas, taking pills or using other risky measures to abort illegally.
"It's very easy to get an illegal abortion," said Cecilia Garcia, a street seller who hawks cosmetics in the poor city of Ecatepec on the capital's outskirts. "You can go to the Sonora market (a popular market selling home and witchcraft remedies), look on the Internet for ways, or go to certain doctors who will do it."
Note the last two paragraphs. Once again, when it comes to a government banning abortion, the universal rule holds true. No matter the country, the continent, the form of government, or dominant religion (or lack thereof), abortion bans never ever apply to all women equally, and safe (legal) abortions are simply replaced by illegal procedures.