Mexican state of Oaxaca legalizes abortion up to 12 weeks
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Mexican state of Oaxaca legalizes abortion up to 12 weeks

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The Mexican state of Oaxaca has become the second jurisdiction in Mexico to legalize abortion up to 12 weeks gestation. Wednesday’s vote was 24 in favor and 10 against allowing abortion.

The vote came just days after President Andres Manual Lopez Obrador — who hasn’t taken a firm stance in support of or against abortion, according to Reuters — sent a bill to Congress to grant amnesty to women who are in jail for having illegal abortions. Apart from Mexico City, which legalized abortion up to 12 weeks back in 2007, abortion had been illegal across the country except in cases of rape or health of the mother (which is not actually medically necessary.)

On Saturday, abortion advocates marched in Mexico City to push for the complete decriminalization of abortion throughout the entire country. Some of the abortion supporters set fires at the Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral and the city Chamber of Commerce, while others vandalized monuments and buildings.

READ: Abortion advocates attempt to burn cathedral in Mexico City

While the Catholic church decried the decriminalization of abortion, pro-abortion groups applauded the move. Mexico’s National Woman’s Institute tweeted, “Today is a historic day for Mexico and the feminist struggle.” And the United Nations Women’s program tweeted, “We join the celebration for this advance in women’s human rights and congratulate the women of Oaxaca.”

While Lopez Obrador didn’t issue a response, the government’s Twitter account did say that it “celebrates” the decision.

At 12 weeks gestation, preborn children are much more than a ball of tissue, despite what the abortion industry would have the public believe. Their hearts have been beating since between days 16 and 21, and their livers and kidneys are functioning. Abortion at this stage involves a D&C procedure in which the child is suctioned out of the womb, as explained by former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino in the video below:

 

To celebrate such a brutal and inhumane act as a “legal right” is an atrocity. No one deserves the “right” to end the life of another human being, no matter their size, their location, or a poor diagnosis.

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