Puebla, Mexico, Oct 8, 2019 / 15:28 pm
Last week legislators in the Mexican state of Puebla rejected any attempt to legalize abortion and same-sex marriage.
Members of the Joint Committees for the Procuration and Administration of Justice and Gender Equality of the Puebla Congress voted Oct. 4 in favor of two initiatives of the state governor, Miguel Barbosa Huerta, which seek to keep abortion as a crime and reject same-sex marriage, reiterating that marriage is solely the union between a man and a woman.
If the reforms are passed in the full session of the unicameral legislature in the coming days, the State Civil Code will read: “marriage is a civil contract by which only one man and only one woman join together in society.”
The Puebla Criminal Code will read: “a sentence of six months to one year in prison shall be imposed on the mother who voluntarily obtains an abortion or consents to another performing the abortion.”
This last reform means a significant reduction in the sentence for abortion, which currently carries up to five years in jail.
Barbosa, as well as most of the legislators who voted in favor of the initiatives, belong to the National Regeneration Movement, or Morena. The party is generally supportive of abortion rights.
Marcial Padilla, director of ConParticipación, told ACI Prensa that the decision by the lawmakers was at once “positive and surprising.”
“What's surprising is that the governor, who is of the Morena party, and the legislators introduced and passed some initiatives to maintain the protection of the life of the child, that is, they rejected the legalization of abortion.”