Pachuca, Mexico, Dec 17, 2019 / 16:35 pm America/Denver (CNA).
Last week, the Hidalgo state legislature in Mexico defeated a bill that would have legalized abortion up to 24 weeks of pregnancy.
Abortion is already legal in the state in cases where doctors determine there is a grave risk to the health of the mother, for serious genetic or congenital malformations in the child, and for up to 90 days in cases of rape.
The bill would have legalized abortion on demand up to 12 weeks, and up to 24 weeks for minors, persons with disabilities, and in cases of rape. The legislation stated that “the embryo cannot be considered a person or a human being until the first trimester of pregnancy is completed.”
The bill was introduced March 21 by representatives Areli Miranda of the Democratic Revolution Party and Viridiana Aceves of the Social Encounter Party, along with more than a dozen members of the National Regeneration Party (Morena) of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
The Dec. 12 vote on the bill was 10 for and 15 against, with 5 abstentions.