The Supreme Court of Justice of Mexico (SCJN) approved on September 6 the decriminalization of abortion at the federal level after considering the proposal of the Information Group on Chosen Reproduction (GIRE). The SCJN announced it like this: “Thanks to a protection won by GIRE, all women and people with the capacity to become pregnant will be able to access abortion services at any federal health institution.”
The Constitutional Court of Mexico considers the criminalization of abortion unconstitutional because it violates women’s human rights. This decision of the highest court obliges federal public health institutions, such as the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) and the Institute of Security and Social Services of State Workers (ISSSTE) or PEMEX, to offer this service in a manner free. Furthermore, according to the Court’s resolution, in no case can medical personnel be criminalized.
Until now, only a dozen states in the country allowed women to terminate pregnancy with a limit, in most legislation, of 12 weeks of gestation.