On Sunday 22nd August I mentioned that a number of women are imprisoned in Guanajuato (the state in Mexico where the World Youth Conference took place) for having an abortions and that some of these women had been imprisoned for having a miscarriage! There is finally some good news on this story - see below:
7 women in 'miscarriage' cases freed in Mexico
By MARK STEVENSON (AP) – 17 hours ago
MEXICO CITY — Seven women in Mexico serving prison terms of up to 29 years for the death of their newborns were freed Tuesday after a legal reform enacted in the state of Guanajuato lowered their sentences.
The women's cases case drew national attention in Mexico and their release is unlikely to staunch the fiery debate about whether some conservative states are trying to overzealously enforce bans on elective abortion by charging women who may have suffered miscarriages.
The complete story is available here: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gwlqCTH27c7bNv925zRTxUNsnhuwD9I3GER00
However,the women were not absolved, but rather released under a legal reform passed by the state and abortion is still illegal in the majority of cases. There is a lot way to go to ensure that women have the right to choose and access safe abortion services in Guanajuato.