Mexico court upholds Baja California abortion stance
Mexico’s Supreme Court has upheld an amendment to Baja California’s state constitution that stipulates life begins at conception, in a move hailed by anti-abortion campaigners.
Although seven of the 11 justices deemed the measure unconstitutional, eight votes were needed to overturn it.
More than half Mexico’s 31 states have enacted right-to-life amendments that severely restrict abortions.
However, Mexico City allows abortions in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Anti-abortion campaigners cheered after hearing the Supreme Court ruling.
“We have to continue working so that life may triumph,” Jorge Serrano, leader of an anti-abortion organisation Pro-Life, told Reuters.
The Supreme Court is due to consider a similar amendment in the state of San Luis Potosi, where the law also says that life begins at conception.