By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, Latin America Correspondent
MEXICO CITY, September 30, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Four women convicted of infanticide who were freed from prison following a campaign by pro-abortion groups were feted in Mexico City on Monday by the pro-abortion leader of the Women's Institute of the Federal District (Inmujeres-DF), Martha Lucía Micher.
The four women, who had been imprisoned along with three others in the state of Guanajuato for “homicide in reason of parentage,” were released from prison by the state government in early September after pro-abortion groups claimed they had been imprisoned for “abortion,” a charge repeated many times by a sympathetic Mexican media.
Inmujeres-DF held a ceremony honoring the women to celebrate the “Day for the Depenalization of Abortion in Latin America and the Carribean.” Each was given an award of “recognition” by the government, which will be sent to the other three not present at the event.
Micher, whose agency is charged with promoting Mexico City's program of free abortion on demand, used the opportunity to lash out at Mexico's 31 states, where abortion continues to be illegal in most circumstances, and referred to the killing of unborn children as a “human right.”
“While on the other side they don't safeguard human rights, here in the city, we have the opportunity to offer respect and protection so that women can decide freely regarding their maternity,” she said.
As LifeSiteNews has reported previously, the seven women recently freed by the government of Guanajuato were convicted not of procuring abortions, but of giving birth to children of up to full birth weight, who were determined to have died following birth. One baby was left in a bag on the street and reportedly died of hypothermia, and another was found at the bottom of a latrine with fecal matter in his lungs. All seven women claim that they are innocent.
Previous LifeSiteNews coverage:
Women Convicted of Infanticide Released following Pressure from Mexican Pro-Abort Groups
Mexican Pro-Family Groups Protest Release of Women Convicted of Infanticide