MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican activists took to the streets in massive cities on Saturday to demand protected and authorized abortions, many sporting inexperienced bandanas which have change into an emblem with the abortion rights motion in Latin America.
Activists, a part of a motion referred to as “Marea Verde” participate in a efficiency to movie a message to unfold consciousness throughout the Worldwide Protected Abortion Day in Mexico Metropolis, Mexico September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso
The protests on Worldwide Protected Abortion Day come after the Mexican state of Oaxaca on Wednesday permitted a invoice to legalize abortion, making it solely the second area after Mexico Metropolis to allow the process.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador earlier this month despatched a invoice to the federal Congress that may, if permitted, grant an amnesty to girls serving jail phrases for what is taken into account a criminal offense in all states however Oaxaca and the capital.
The nation’s state Congress is dominated by his leftist Nationwide Regeneration Motion although lawmakers from totally different events have signaled they might assist the invoice.
Mexico is a predominantly conservative and Roman Catholic nation and the president himself has averted taking a transparent stand. Mexico Metropolis legalized abortion in 2007.
Tons of of individuals took to the streets within the capital, some utilizing inexperienced smoke and waving banners. Native tv additionally confirmed footage of protests within the states of Aguascalientes, Jalisco, Oaxaca and Veracruz.
“When a girl decides to have an abortion, she makes an intimate and profound choice,” wrote Patricia Mercado, a senator from the Residents’ Motion celebration on Twitter. “The explanations are very a lot hers.”
The previous presidential candidate who has additionally promoted a invoice to ban homosexual conversion remedy in Mexico additionally mentioned the federal government had an obligation to supply skilled and protected well being providers to girls.
Others have criticized the motion.
The subject has lengthy been a controversial one, however a persistent groundswell of assist from the abortion rights motion has generated extra dialogue in Latin America in recent times.
Argentina’s decrease home earlier this 12 months introduced a invoice to legalize abortion lower than a 12 months after the Senate rejected comparable laws.
In the meantime, activists in El Salvador have been protesting a choice to hunt a 3rd trial for a girl who was accused of killing her stillborn son, sentenced to 30 years in jail and exonerated at an August retrial.
Reporting by Carlos Jasso; Writing by Stefanie Eschenbacher; Enhancing by Stephen Coates