Mexico’s Supreme Court on Tuesday invalidated several articles that protected life from conception in the penal code of the state of Coahuila, opening the door to legal abortion.
The ruling is expected to have wide-ranging effects throughout Mexico.
The Sept. 7 ruling had the approval of the 10 ministers present at the session, out of the 11 who make up the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation.
One of the strongest expressions of support for the legalization of abortion was given by the president of the Supreme Court, Arturo Zaldívar Lelo de Larrea, who classified it as “constitutional law” that “should not be criminally punishable.”
Bishop Alfonso Gerardo Miranda Guardiola, auxiliary of Monterrey and general secretary of the Mexican bishops’ conference, charged that the court “intends a series of violations” against human life by opening the doors to abortion throughout the country while saying a Mass at the Mexican bishops’ ongoing formation week meeting.
Elective abortion has been legal up to 12 weeks of pregnancy in Mexico City and the states of Hidalgo, Oaxaca and Veracruz.
In a statement sent to ACI Prensa, the National Front for the Family regretted that “today Mexico is dressed in mourning.”
“The ministers of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation were not congruent and respectful of their own rulings, since the states of the country and their congresses enjoy, by constitutional mandate, freedom to legislate in areas of their competence and in matters not reserved for the Federation,” it added.
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