Mexico City struggles with law on abortion

  • Mexico
  • 08/26/2008
  • Migalhas

Since the city’s legislature voted for the law in April 2007, some 85 percent of the gynecologists in the city’s public hospitals have declared themselves conscientious objectors. And women complain that even at those hospitals that perform abortions, staff members are often hostile, demeaning them and throwing up bureaucratic hurdles. The city had to resolve how to offer the service on the fly. Now, even as the city’s left-wing government revamps its abortion services, the law is coming up against its biggest challenge – in the courts. On Monday, Mexico’s Supreme Court begins public deliberations on a legal challenge that was filed last year by the conservative federal government and backed by anti-abortion groups. A decision could come as early as this week.