In Mexico, the Supreme Court declared in 2021 that abortion can no longer be considered a crime. Now no one can be jailed for having an abortion. While the ruling was specific to the state of Coahuila, which borders Texas, this law affects people across the country. Officials will have to abide by the ruling and update their laws accordingly. In addition, the court put limits on conscientious objection as a reason not to provide abortion services in government health facilities, making legal abortion easier to access.
For the past nine years, Planned Parenthood Global has supported local feminist groups, collectives, activists, and key organizations in the Yucatán peninsula to advocate for abortion rights, increase favorable media attention to educate and inform communities about sexual and reproductive rights, and launch several legal strategies to advance those rights, now bolstered by the Supreme Court ruling.
Planned Parenthood Global’s partners are leveraging our regional campaign, Niñas, No Madres, to educate the public and motivate officials to implement the existing policies to ensure access to comprehensive care, including abortion.
Planned Parenthood Global also supports partners that provide sexual and reproductive health services, including innovations such as telehealth. A recent wave of Mexican states have lifted restrictions on abortion, and is now legal in Mexico City, Oaxaca, Coahuila, Hidalgo, Veracruz, Colima, and Baja California. These important shifts, along with the federal government approval of the safe abortion guidelines, is changing the abortion landscape in Mexico. And Mexican organizations all along the border are enabling access to abortion and other critical sexual and reproductive health care. For example, Las Libres is a leading trusted provider of safe abortion information and access all across the country, and are expanding their support through in-person and telehealth care.
Our partners are creating a favorable environment for legal abortion by training civil servants in public institutions to ensure the Mexican Supreme Court’s mandate around conscientious objectors is applied.
Next, we are working to expand our work with young activists from Mayan communities and with medical and legal leaders to help broaden support for abortion rights and access.