Wednesday, April 25, 2007

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…

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At 3:43 AM, Blogger Teorias said...

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At 3:47 AM, Blogger Teorias said...

Hi ZHP!

Portugal's government legalized, recently, abortion in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy, after a referendum voted for that proposal.

The results:

Yes: 59,25%
No: 40,75%

 
At 8:45 AM, Anonymous ZHP said...

Hey Teorias, bro! Thank you very much for your comment: very interesting, indeed!

I understand there is a huge controversy around this topic. I see no way we could possibly all agree on it... but fortunately not all issues depend on consensus to be solved but rather on practical measures that, like I said, not just correctly address a health problem but basically vindicate a fundamental right.

Have a great day my friend!!

 
At 5:01 PM, Blogger darko said...

Hey.... Those are good news for society, we have done something quite similar in Locombia but it is not fully legal yet. I do not actually have any moral issue on it -yet I disagree on the basis that we should be responsible for our deeds- but I understand that is to benefit the entire society in public health just to mention a item.

 
At 6:22 PM, Anonymous ZHP said...

Hey Yo Darko! Indeed, that is the way I think we all should see this very complicated problem: as a benefit for the whole society... I celebrate your take on this issue. Thank you very much for your comment!

Cheers bro!!

 
At 1:27 AM, Blogger Kev Cruz said...

Morraly it's hard to decide what's right! But without a doubt filling the world with unwanted children and unhappy Mothers who are unable to support their children is far worse! Remeber that I also live in same country as the Pope...where everything is a sin! That sucks big time!
Have fun my friend!

 
At 2:28 AM, Anonymous ZHP said...

Kev, my man! Thank you very much for your comment Yo..

I am gonna tell you something funny: I am not in favor of abortion; as a matter of fact I think nobody is in his/her right mind is in favor of such a thing... I am in favor of recognizing women´s right to decide; in favor of a law to provide them with the best possible medical conditions if that were the decision; in favor of, as you suggest, assuring every single kid´s conditions to live a good life in all of the aspects, in favor of a real sexual education... I am sure that you think of this issue the same way I do.

Cheers my friend!!

 
At 4:17 AM, Blogger ZJ said...

This is such a controversial issue as there are lot of underlying issues connected to legalising abortion. However, I strongly support women's freedom of choice.

 
At 4:30 AM, Anonymous ZHP said...

Hey ZJ!! Thank you my friend, thank you very much for your comment: Indeed, it is a very complicated issue and I am with you 100%!!

Have a great day!!

 
At 11:08 PM, Blogger Neres said...

Leí una encuesta donde decía que la mayoría de los padres en México no rebasan de los 21 años, soy madre soltera, y se lo difícil que es tener un bebe y la crianza sola, pero también se lo fácil que es cuidarse. Estoy a favor del aborto, pero definitivamente con todas esas restricciones, si las mayoría de las chicas sabemos lo que es abortar, creo que también sabemos lo que es usar condón. Libertad de elegir, también está la libertad de decir no sin protección. Como tu dices, educarnos.

 
At 2:22 AM, Anonymous ZHP said...

Buen comentario, Gracias! Lo que decía antes es que lo deseable es que no hubiera abortos pero la realidad es que los hay y por lo tanto es importante asegurar que sean realizados en las mejores condiciones médicas posibles. Por otro lado, el reconocimiento en la ley del derecho de la mujer a decidir es fundamental. Finalmente, la educación sexual es un factor determinante. Como sabes, en nuestros países es un desastre y no se trata sólo de la cuestión del aborto sino que lo que está en juego es un aspecto importante (la sexualidad humana) de la realización del individuo como tal.

Good comment, thank you my friend! What I said before is that even when it is no more than a wishful thinking, it would be always better not to have abortions at all! Reality is we have them and therefore it is very important to assure they are carried out under the best possible medical conditions. On the other hand, women should always decide: that is fundamental. Finally, sexual education is a key point as far as human development is concerned. In our countries that, as you know, is a complete failure.

Cheers!

 

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