THE RIGHT TO DECIDE
Yesterday, after some difficulties, Mexico City lawmakers finally voted to legalize abortion. Before this, abortion was permitted only in special cases, including after rape, if the fetus had defects or if the mother´s life was at risk. Now, this law will allow women to have an abortion up to 12 weeks into their pregnancy if having the child “would negatively affect their life project”.
This is not just another positive step forward for health issues handling (in a country where it is said that up to a million illegal abortions take the lives of thousands of poor women every year), it is basically another victory for one of the basic and fundamental women´s rights, namely: their right to decide.
In moral terms, I have always respected everybody´s opinions, including those who fiercely oppose abortion here in Mexico. Though I have to say that, in the concrete fight for life (and the vindication of its main principals: Justice, Truth, Knowledge, etc) I have never seen them in the front line…