Abortion Legalization Initiatives Die in Mexico’s State Legislatures

Mon Mar 2, 2009 - 12:15 pm EST

By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman

MEXICO CITY, March 2, 2009 ( - Plans by Mexican socialists to spread the legalization of abortion to Mexico’s 31 states have stalled even in states they control, according to the Mexico City newspaper El Universal.

Following a successful initiative to legalize abortion on demand in the nation’s capital during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy in 2007, members of Mexico’s Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) were hoping to do the same throughout the country.

However, El Universal states that the initiative has died in three of the five states controlled by the PRD.

"The proposal to depenalize abortion in Chiapas, Guerrero and Zacatecas, three of the five states currently governed by the PRD…have no prospect of succeeding in their respective legislatures, and not even a debate is under consideration," said the newspaper on February 28.

In three other states where legalization bills have been proposed by PRD legislators, the response has been profoundly negative.  Legislators in Baja California, Morelos, and Colima voted down the proposal and then quickly acted to amend their state’s constitution to protect human life from the moment of conception.

The state of Jalisco is also advancing an amendment to protect life from conception.

Although socialists in Mexico City are strongly pro-abortion, members of the same parties are often strongly pro-life in Mexico’s states, where family values are stronger.  In fact, members of the socialist PRD were more likely than any other party members to oppose the legalization of abortion according to a 2007 Mitofsky poll.

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