MEXICO CITY, March 28, 2011 ( – The Cardinal Archbishop of Mexico City, Norberto Rivera, has denounced the “abominable” pressure placed on women, especially poor women, to receive abortions or be sterilized.

In an apparent rebuke against Mexico City’s recent legalization of abortion on demand during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, as well as express divorce, the cardinal criticized the fact that instead of being offered help, “women are being left in an alley without an exit: divorce or abortion.” The cardinal made the remarks in his Sunday homily yesterday.

Recalling that women are often subjected to abuse, Rivera observed that modern society has become “consumerist and hedonist, where women are transformed into an object of consumption and their exploitation is disguised under the pretext of ‘modern times’,” and women are treated “as if they were an object of the market.”

“Lamentably women are still the object of discrimination.  For this reason the Church feels itself obligated to insist on human dignity, common to all people, and denounce discrimination, sexual abuse, and masculine arrogance as actions that are contrary to the plan of God,” Rivera added.

Tens of thousands of unborn children have been killed in Mexico City since the legalization of abortion in 2007, which is subsidized by the government.

Public opinion polls in Latin America indicate that men are substantially more likely to favor the decriminalization of abortion than women.