“It is unconstitutional to criminalize abortion absolutely” the Mexican Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. In this way, the institution marks a precedent for the legalization of abortion throughout the country.
“Having reached a majority that exceeds eight votes, the Court’s reasons oblige all judges in Mexico, both federal and local, that when resolving future cases, from now on they must consider that the penal norms of the federal entities that criminalize abortion in an absolute manner are unconstitutional,” the Supreme Court assured in a statement.
The measure unanimously invalidated the legislation of the state of Coahuila that imposed from one to three years in prison “to the woman who voluntarily performs her abortion or to the person who causes her to have an abortion with her consent.”
The president of Mexico’s Supreme Court celebrated the decision
For his part, the president of the Court, Arturo Zaldívar, said that the laws against abortion are unjust and “deeply unconstitutional”. In addition, he assured that this day is “historic”. “Never again a woman in prison for exercising her rights,” he assured.
“For 10 years I have maintained that there is a fundamental right to terminate a pregnancy. Criminalizing women, especially the poorest and most vulnerable, is deeply unjust and openly unconstitutional,” he said on his official Twitter account.
After the decision, there were demonstrations outside the Supreme Court where several citizens moved to the place to express their rejection to abortion and to the magistrates’ measure.