Mexico City, Mexico, Sep 28, 2011 / 13:33 pm
The members of Mexico's Supreme Court on Sept. 28 rejected a decision that would have legalized abortion in the country.
By a 7 to 4 margin, the judges struck down a proposal by Supreme Justice Fernando Franco, which declared that the states' legal shields against abortion were unconstitutional, and that abortion should be legal nationwide—up to the ninth month of pregnancy.
Debates over Justice Franco's motion started on Sept. 26 among the 11-member Supreme Court and ended on Wednesday at noon, when Supreme justice Jorge Pardo forcefully argued against the measure.
Before Justice Pardo's speech, five judges expressed support for Franco's draft, while only three were against.