By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, Latin America Correspondent
GUANAJUATO, MEXICO, May 11, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Despite bitter protests from pro-abortion organizations and representatives, the Mexican state of Guanajuato has passed a pro-life amendment, becoming the eleventh state to do so in recent months.
The amendment states that “a person is a complete human being from his conception until his natural death. The State will guarantee to him the full enjoyment and exercise of all of his rights.”
The measure was approved overwhelmingly, 26-0. The ten representatives opposed to the legislation abandoned the chamber before the vote was held.
The amendment was supported by the conservative National Action Party, which holds a majority of seats in the state legislature. They were reportedly joined by two members of the liberal Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and one member of the socialist Labor Party (PT).
Similar amendments have been passed in ten other Mexican states in recent months, in response to pressure from the PRD and its allies to legalize abortion throughout the country.
The PRD-controlled government of Mexico City legalized abortion during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy in 2007. The procedure is carried out in government hospitals at taxpayer expense. Over 24,000 unborn children have been killed by the procedure since the law was passed.
However, many members and supporters of the PRD and other socialist parties have a pro-life stance, which has been reflected in their votes in favor of recent pro-life constitutional amendments. Despite a generally pro-abortion attitude in the nation’s capital, opposition to the deadly procedure remains high at the state level, even among leftist political parties.
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