Demonstration in the Mexican capital calls for the abolition of the legal right to abortion

Yesterday, about two thousand people demonstrated in Mexico City, to demand the abolition of the legal right to abortion, with the encouragement of the Catholic Church and conservative organizations.

Abortion is legal in seven of Mexico's 32 states, and in 2021 the Supreme Court decriminalized it.

The federal capital, Mexico City, was a pioneer in Latin America, when in 2007 it legalized abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy.

The demonstrators, many dressed in white, marched through some of the capital's main streets, with protesters at the forefront of the procession carrying a huge banner reading "The first right is life".

Catholic Church leaders want to ban abortion entirely.

Some of the demonstrators waved placards reading "Abortion is not health" and "Let their hearts beat."

In September 2021, the Supreme Court declared laws criminalizing abortion unconstitutional, de facto legalizing it across the country.

This provision allows women who live in states where abortion is still prohibited to file legal action so that they can have an abortion in health facilities.

In Latin America, abortion is legal in Uruguay, Cuba, Argentina, Guyana and Colombia.

The countries that impose the most strict laws regarding abortion are El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and Haiti, and they do not allow the procedure under any circumstances.

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