September 18, 2021

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Abortion is no longer a crime in Mexico. A doctor can say “no?”

Outside an abortion clinic in Mexico City. A poster read: “Pregnant women need support, not abortion.” Photo credit: Marian Carrasquero for The New York Times

It was a nightmare for a woman. She had gone to the hospital after bleeding from an abortion at home. A hospital nurse reported her to the authorities for having an abortion. Years of legal and personal problems followed.

The Supreme Court of Mexico has ruled that abortion is no longer a crime. Thousands of Mexican women have faced legal problems. Now it’s over. But the challenge of having an abortion is not.

Mexico is largely a Catholic country. Most people oppose abortion. This opposition includes many doctors and nurses.

Mexico City and several Mexican states have long made abortion legal. Argentina did too. The challenge is to find doctors willing to perform the procedure.

Doctors in Mexico can legally refuse to have an abortion for moral reasons. The Supreme Court will soon decide whether public hospitals should have doctors willing to perform abortions.

The biggest problem is support and opposition to abortion. This is a major problem in Mexico, the United States, and most countries with religious freedom.

The US Constitution says that privacy is a right. Supporters of abortion say it means that a woman has the right to control her own body. They say terminating a pregnancy is a woman’s decision, not the government’s.

The US Supreme Court decision on abortion is Roe v. Wade. He said states couldn’t ban abortions. The court ruling did not prevent some states from trying.

But can a doctor be forced to have an abortion? In Mexico, this is a bigger problem than in the United States. But even in Mexico, younger doctors are more open to terminating pregnancies.

People will continue to have different opinions.

The same dilemma may relate to vaccinations for the Covid-19 virus. Privacy means that a person can say no to the injection. The interest of the state is to control the spread of the virus. These two visions collide.

The governors of some states like Texas say abortion is up to the state to decide, but vaccinations are up to the individual.

The sentence in Mexico affirms the rights of the person, but does not change opinion. The struggle over who controls your body continues.

Source: The New York Times September 13, 2021

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