For the cardinal, "as a Church, we now face a major challenge" in wake of the Supreme Court ruling
This challenge, Cardinal Aguiar said, "should lead everyone: bishops, priests, religious and laity, to join forces to reach out to all those pregnant women in vulnerable situations."
"From now on, we must intensify the accompaniment and assistance to the woman who suffers this dramatic situation," he stressed.
The Supreme Court on Sept. 9 ruled against the protection of life from conception in the constitution of the state of Sinaloa. The decision invalidated an article that read that "the State protects the right to life from the moment an individual is conceived."
The Supreme Court will take up the discussion of an action of unconstitutionality on the right to conscientious objection in the General Health Law, which could lead to health professionals being forced to participate in abortions, Sept. 13.
Elective abortion has been legal up to 12 weeks of pregnancy in Mexico City and the states of Hidalgo, Oaxaca, and Veracruz.
In July 2020 a panel of the Supreme Court had overturned a lower court's ruling that could have opened the door to legalized abortion throughout the country. In a 4-1 ruling, the panel of justices rejected a lower court's attempt to require the state of Veracruz to legalize abortion.
And earlier this year, the administration of president Andrés Manuel López Obrador and legislators from his ruling National Regeneration Movement had decided to put on hold a debate on amending the federal constitution to insert abortion rights and gender ideology.