Hundreds of women demanded in Mexico City this Wednesday, Global Day of Action for Access to Legal and Safe Abortion, that access to abortion be made effective throughout the country.
“It is not yet guaranteed that abortion is a non-criminalized right,” the protesters explained.
“Every decision we make about our body should focus only on us, not on an external, not on a third party”
The march left in fragments from various points in the downtown area, such as the Angel of Independence or the Monument to the Revolution, and all of them traveled part of the emblematic Paseo de la Reforma avenue to reach the capital’s Zócalo, where the National Palace is located. presidential residence.
Throughout the tour they found monuments and public buildings armored with fences, on which they painted and hit. Even so, the march passed in relative tranquility and there were few attempts at violence, despite a strong police presence, with hundreds of agents along the entire route and in the streets surrounding the Zócalo.
“Every decision we make about our body should focus only on us, not on an outsider, not on a third party. We must try to have more empathy because we do not know why we resort to wanting to perform an abortion,” said Ara, in an interview. a young woman who attended the protest and who said she did not belong to any group.
To empathize, he pointed out, it is essential to be informed and try to “scratch” beyond conservative or simplistic speeches.
On September 7, 2021, the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) invalidated article 196 of the Penal Code of the state of Coahuila, which punished abortion with up to three years in prison, and set a precedent to prevent imprisoning women that abort and bring the legal interruption of pregnancy to each entity.
Upon arrival at the Zócalo, several of the women activists read a statement in which they recalled that despite the decriminalization of abortion “the fight does not stop.”
Despite decriminalization by the SCJN, little progress has been made.
Martha Guadalupe Figueroa, founder of the COLEM Free Women Feminist Collective, said that despite the fact that the law was approved in Chiapas in 1990 to decriminalize abortion, it is still stalled in Congress.
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