Controversy in Mexico by a deputy who proposed to sterilize women who abort

According to her, this measure would support the health of women, since abortion is “exhausting for their physical and mental health”

Sonia López Cardiel , deputy of the National Regeneration Movement (Morena) in Quintana Roo, presented a bill to sterilize women who decide to have an abortion for the second time.

In this way, the legislator and president of the Health and Social Assistance Commission of the state Congress, tried to change the Penal Code and the Health Law of Quintana Roo to ensure that the woman could not have a third abortion.

According to her, this measure would support the health of women, since abortion is “exhausting for their physical and mental health” . Likewise, according to the official’s vision, it would help to reduce the number of children in street situations, illiteracy and extreme poverty.

His proposal was rejected by the Consultative Council of the State Commission for Human Rights (CEDHQROO) and by different groups, which categorized the initiative as discriminatory by limiting the rights of women to decide on their bodies and family planning.

The decriminalization of abortion must be a major issue on the government's agenda (Photo: Cuartoscuro)
The decriminalization of abortion must be a major issue on the government’s agenda (Photo: Cuartoscuro)

“It is a punitive and discriminatory measure that reflects prejudices and gender stereotypes , since women would be punished for having an abortion and, specifically, for women who live in a vulnerable and impoverished state , taking into account the different situations that women experience. in which abortion would become an option, “said CEDHQROO.

For its part, the Quintana Roo Network for Sexual and Reproductive Rights of the Youth said Monday that the approach of Congresswoman López Cardiel “foments hatred towards women by criminalizing them because of their unwanted pregnancy status.”

The Network noted that forced sterilization is a crime against humanity, as stipulated in articles 7 and 8 of the Rome Statute.

“The proposals made in the aforementioned initiative run counter to the international instruments on human rights of women, ratified by Mexico, which are already part of domestic law in accordance with the provisions of Article 1 of the Mexican Constitution. reform of 2011, “said the network composed of 14 organizations in defense of human and reproductive rights.

Different organizations indicated that their proposal discriminated against women (Photo: Cuartoscuo)
Different organizations indicated that their proposal discriminated against women (Photo: Cuartoscuo)

It was on March 13 when the legislator presented before the plenary the initiative that reformed the penal code so that every woman who had the intention to submit for the second time to the “non-punishable” abortion , was obliged to sign an informed consent letter to be subject to the application of a definitive contraceptive method.

Around the reforms to article 97 of the Penal Code, referring to the causes to allow a woman to abort in the state , it was proposed to add the economic conditions of the couple to suspend the pregnancy.

So far, Quintana Roo considers rape as a justifiable cause of abortion , suffering related to genetic alterations, death of the mother or an accident.

In previous months there were demonstrations in favor of legal abortion throughout the country (Photo: Courtesy Marea Verde)
In previous months there were demonstrations in favor of legal abortion throughout the country (Photo: Courtesy Marea Verde)

Mexico City is the only state in the country to allow the legal interruption of pregnancy before 12 weeks of gestation, regardless of the cause or motive of women to resort to it. According to data presented by the local Ministry of Health,  12 years after the constitutional declaration of legal interruption of pregnancy (ILE), 209,359 procedures have been performed in the health services.

From 2017, 5.6% of the total of attentions was for minors of 18 years, while 83% reach up to 35 years. According to the authorities, there is a relationship between ILE and pregnancy in minors, and it is considered a public health problem as it is a social group with greater disadvantages in access to counseling, contraceptive methods and comprehensive sexual education.

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