Mexico considers holding a referendum to decriminalize abortion

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, declared that this is a decision for women only

Twenty-four hours after abortion was legalized in Argentina, the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, proposed in the last morning conference of the year, the possibility of decriminalizing abortion through a popular consultation that should be carried out to Mexican women so that they can finally make this decision.

According to the Mexican Constitution, it is possible to carry out popular consultations either at the request of the President of the Republic, of 33% of the members of the chambers of Congress, or even with only 2% of those registered in the electoral roll, which is currently made up of 1.8 million citizens.

Baja California and Mexico City were among the few Mexican cities that declared themselves in favor of allowing the right to abortion, even in a nation that has declared itself mostly devoted to the Catholic religion, according to a survey conducted by the newspaper ''El Financiero''.

AMLO pointed out that since it is a very controversial issue, he does not think it is right to make a decision that comes "from above", so he wants to leave this task to women, since they are the main ones affected in this issue.

The Argentine senators approved yesterday morning the decriminalization of abortion, at least until the 14th week of pregnancy. Other countries that have already approved this law are Uruguay, Cuba and Guyana. While in our country there are only two states that legalized this procedure, which are Oaxaca and Mexico City.

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