Mexico’s Supreme Court upholds rape victims’ right to access morning after pill

// 28 May 2010

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Good news from Mexico this week – the Supreme Court has upheld the right of rape victims across the country to access the morning-after pill, according to the Latin American Herald Tribune:

After six sessions of intense debate, 10 of the 11 magistrates backed regulation NOM-046, court sources told Efe.

The case began in June 2009, when the governor of Jalisco state, conservative Emilio Gonzalez challenged the constitutionality of the regulation.

The governor opposed having hospitals in his state provide the emergency pill, a contraceptive method that the Catholic Church considers to be abortion.

In 1999, 13-year-old Paulina Ramirez, who became pregnant after being raped, decided to have an abortion in accord with legislation in the northern state of Baja California, but doctors talked her out of having the procedure.

José Miguel Vivanco, Americas director at Human Rights Watch, said: “The state should not force rape victims to suffer an imposed pregnancy.” The campaign group has a report detailing obstructions to rape victims wanting to access abortion.

Comments From You

Hannah // Posted 28 May 2010 at 7:40 pm

This is good news, of course, but reading it I felt almost exhausted. We shouldn’t still be having to fight for such basic rights, especially in a country like America where abortion and the morning after pill have been legal for a long time. I’ve perceived a real and increasing pull backwards against equality over just the eight or so years that I’ve been following feminist news closely. It is very frustrating.

Shea // Posted 28 May 2010 at 8:36 pm

Good. I know from my own experiences how hard the MAP can be to get hold of in Mexico. I remember trying to get hold of it, and the doctor saying he would have to give me a blood test to see if I was pregnant and wait a week for the results! I had to explain to him how the MAP actually works!!!!!!

Jennifer Drew // Posted 28 May 2010 at 11:06 pm

Note too the Human Rights Watch report has detailed evidence of how the state commonly disbelieves female rape survivors and how male sexual violence against women and girls continues to be committed with impunity.

Providing women and girls who have been subjected to male sexual violence with the morning after pill is only part of the issue, because on reading Section III of this report, clearly male violence against women are isolated cases (sic).

A number of the justifications/excuses/denials made by Mexican police officers, Mexican prosecutors etc are not endemic to just Mexico because these claims are common and in fact are being bandied around now by the UK’s male-controlled mainstream media.

Male violence against women and girls is not something which ‘happens in countries such as Mexico’ it is occurring on a global scale and like Mexico women in the UK are continuing to be subjected to disbelief, refusal to accept their testimonies as factual evidence – in fact women in the UK, like women in Mexico are all supposedly vengeful liars who lead ‘poor men astray.’

Read Section III of Human Rights Watch Report in order gain a better understanding of just how widespread minimalising male violence against women is and why it is so difficult to change ingrained misogynistic beliefs concerning women’s supposedly innate non-creditability.

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