As supporters expanded access to abortion throughout the country, their efforts sometimes caused a rebellion between some doctors and nurses. When Mexico City legalized abortion in 2007, many health care workers did not follow the procedure. In Oaxaca, which legalized abortion in 2019, a group of doctors fought to abolish the law, but failed.
The backlash extends to the state legislature. Two of the country’s most powerful political parties have added provisions to the constitutions of 19 states, emphasizing the government’s efforts to protect lives from the moment of conception.
The move did not add new penalties for abortion, but it was a powerful tool to signal that anyone who did not report an abortion in these states would “make a serious mistake,” feminists said. Activist Martha Lamas said. “It has affected the hearts of many.”
In another crucial ruling last week, the Supreme Court declared such provisions unconstitutional. One of the judges, Luis Maria Aguilar, vowed to protect the life of the fetal, “implicitly what they are doing to the human rights of others, in this case women. It’s about imposing restrictions. “
Garcia says she’s still afraid, despite the court’s actions. She lives in Guanajuato, home of the conservative PAN Party, where local politicians have emerged strongly against the decision to decriminalize abortion.
Soon, Garcia lives with her conservative relatives and is afraid they will kick her out.
Before she left the hospital, Garcia said she was told to take off her clothes for examination. A social worker then came into the room and requested her home address and other personal information so that the hospital could report her to the authorities.
She says she hasn’t been able to sleep all night since visiting the emergency room.
“It’s a daily anguish,” she said. “As soon as my dog begins to bark, I begin to tremble, I begin to think it’s them, it’s over, I’ll face accusations.”