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The Mexican State of Oaxaca Decriminalizes Abortion

Becomes the second state or jurisdiction in Mexico to permit abortion for other cases besides rape.

Duane Paul Murphy



The government of the southwestern Mexican state of Oaxaca decriminalized abortion on Wednesday, September 25, after the progressive liberal majority state legislature passed the bill with 24 votes in favor and 10 votes against it. The decriminalization law will permit medicinal and or surgical termination of an individual woman’s pregnancy up to 12 weeks.

Oaxaca becomes the second state or jurisdiction in Mexico to permit abortion for other cases besides rape after Mexico City legalized the reproductive medical procedure more than a decade ago in 2007. Throughout Latin America and the Caribbean Sea, abortion is fully legalized in only Cuba, Guayana, and Uruguay, which are governed by center-left and or left-wing governments. In most countries across the Americas, including Central and South America, abortion is either heavily restrictive or only permissible in cases of rape, incise, or endangerment of the women’s or fetus’s health.

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Duane Paul Murphy is a D.C. college graduate and freelance journalist born and raised in Southern California. He obtained a bachelor of art’s in politics and a minor in media studies, Duane Paul is interested in covering domestic as well as international political affairs that impact the lives of everyday people, whether they are young students, professionals, or faculty in higher education.

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