Veracruz Becomes Fourth Mexican State To Decriminalize Abortion

By Kendal Blust
Published: Wednesday, July 21, 2021 - 5:22pm
Updated: Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - 12:57pm

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A protester holds up a sign that says "Legal abortion so as not to die" during a protest in the Sonora capital of Hermosillo on Sept. 28, 2020.

Lawmakers in a state is southeastern Mexico voted to decriminalize elective abortion this week — making it the fourth state in the country to allow the procedure.

The state congress in Veracruz on Tuesday passed an initiative that allows women access to abortions within 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Though women have been get abortions in Mexico City for over a decade without facing criminal penalties, the change in Veracruz could be part of a slow but growing trend in the predominantly Catholic country.

The state of Oaxaca decriminalized abortion in 2019. And Hidalgo did the same just last month.

Feminist groups are celebrating the move, but say their fight isn’t over until women in all 32 Mexican states have safe, legal access to abortion procedures.

However, polling in recent years by the news organization El Financiero has rarely showed majority support for abortion in Mexico. Though that data is dependent on factors including age, education and location. Nationwide, a strong majority of people ages 18-29 do support abortion.