Mexican State Legislators Reject Legalization of Abortion

By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman

TAMAULIPAS, Mexico, June 20, 2008 ( - Legislators in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, which borders the United States, have rejected an attempt to decriminalize abortion, according to the news agency Infonorte.

The state’s Congress refused to allow the proposed measure to even enter the agenda, according to the agency.

"It’s a topic that has to do with the life of the human person and I think that life begins from the moment of conception," legislator Jorge Díaz Casillas told Infonorte, "and not after 12 weeks like they’re arguing in the Federal District (Mexico City), when women can obtain an abortion."

The government of Mexico City legalized abortion last year for the first twelve weeks of gestation, a measure that is now being examined by the nation’s Supreme Court in response to a human rights complaint filed by the federal government.

Legislator Gualdalupe González Galván agreed with Casillas, and added that "if an initiative arrives all the parties in the Congress should listen to each other’s point of view and give a response that respects the right to life."

Infonorte reports that although there is little support among legislators for the decriminalization of abortion, a few members of the socialistic Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) favor it.

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