‘Roe v. Wade’ of Mexico: Mexico’s highest court to decide on pro-life amendments this week
September 26, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The eyes of pro-life activists around the world are trained on Mexico this week, as the Mexican Supreme Court deliberates a case that one U.S. pro-life organization has dubbed the “Roe. v. Wade” of Mexico.
The court is expected to issue a decision by Wednesday on the constitutionality of two amendments that explicitly protect the rights of the unborn that were passed into the constitutions of two Mexican states. Similar amendments have been passed in a total of 18 Mexican states.
The judge who penned the proposed verdict on the pro-life amendments has reportedly opposed them, writing, “one cannot give preeminence to any right—not even the right to life—over other constitutional rights.”
The judge also claims that the amendments “degrade” women “to a determined role and imposes upon them a disproportionate burden,” which is “incompatible not only with the dignity of women (especially those who don’t want to procreate), but also with their individual rights and fundamental liberties, concretely their reproductive liberty, protected in the constitution and in treaties.”
The proposed verdict was slammed as “judicial tyranny of the highest order,” by Gualberto Garcia Jones, J.D., legal analyst for Personhood USA, who explained that a favorable ruling for abortion advocates “could have the effect of decriminalizing abortion through all nine months of pregnancy, thus becoming Mexico’s Roe v. Wade.”
“Such actions on the part of the judges would be a terrible violation of the rights of the people of Mexico, and the rights of unborn children.”
A full-page open letter ad in Mexico’s largest newspaper, “El Universal” was taken out by three dozen state and federal legislators on Thursday Sept. 22, urging the Mexican Supreme Court to respect the democratic process. Just a week prior to this publication, 50 nonprofit organizations published a similar ad defending the personhood amendments.
The Mexican state personhood amendments were passed with the overwhelming support of 88% of the members of state legislatures. Support for the Mexican personhood amendments included members of all major political parties such as the PAN, PRI, and PRD.
“Abortion is dangerous, not only for the child killed, but for the mother,” said Jones. “Women deserve better than abortion. The Mexico personhood amendments make Mexico a safer place for women, and of course for their unborn children.”
The proposed verdict, which is not in its final form, must be ratified by eight of the court’s eleven justices to take effect.