The National Front for the Family in Mexico launched a CitizenGo petition against the bill addressed to President Lopez Obrador, which to date has gathered 47,000 signatures. In addition, Twitter in Mexico lit up October 5 with opposition to the bill.
Marcial Padilla, director of the pro-life organization ConParticipación, said that the situation, “leaves us with the certainty that they felt the pressure from citizens. Most likely, this discussion will drag on. We will continue to pay close attention.”
“We’re going to make the senators reject this initiative. For the moment, today, something happened that is important: they had to listen to us,” Padilla said.
In an October 6 statement, the Mexican Bishops’ Conference warned that “the ‘culture of death’ is striking hard and repeatedly at the heart of the Mexican people” with this latest attempt to legalize abortion.
“We see with concern that at the bottom of these initiatives is in reality an attack on life, the dignity of the person, freedom of conscience, the best interests of children and the authentic right to health,” they stressed.
The prelates warned that at a time of pain and confusion caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, there would be a “grave danger” in introducing “another initiative that divides, polarizes society and fractures the most important institution for Mexicans, which is the family.”
The bishops also said people’s needs should not be addressed by “ideological solutions” and cautioned that the bill opens the door to “the victimization and sexual exploitation of girls, adolescents and women.”