The Evolution of Mexico City's Abortion Laws: From Public Morality to Women's Autonomy

International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 106 (2009): pp. 266–269

Corrigendum to “The Evolution of Mexico City's Abortion Laws: From Public Morality to Women's Autonomy”, International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 110 (2010) 84

5 Pages Posted: 10 Jun 2012  

Alejandro Madrazo Lajous

CIDE Law School, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE)

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

Before 2000, Mexico City's criminal laws prohibited induced abortion to maintain public morality. The Criminal Code considered abortion by accident or in cases of rape not criminal, and criminal but excusable — and therefore not punishable — in certain cases not endangering public morality, such as medical necessity to save the woman's life. In 2000, the Criminal Code was reformed expanding exceptions from criminal liability, particularly in cases of danger to a woman's health or where fetal survival was at risk. In 2004, Mexico City enacted its own law, effectively decriminalizing consensual abortion in cases of rape, fetal malformation, and risk to the woman's health. A 2007 reform further decriminalized all consensual abortion within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, and required public hospitals to provide abortion and family planning services. In August 2008, the Supreme Court of Mexico ruled Mexico City's 2007 liberalization of abortion law constitutional.

Keywords: Abortion regulation, Decriminalization of abortion, Law reform, Public health policy, Public morality, Women's autonomy, Women's health

JEL Classification: J13, I18

Suggested Citation

Madrazo Lajous, Alejandro, The Evolution of Mexico City's Abortion Laws: From Public Morality to Women's Autonomy (2009). International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 106 (2009): pp. 266–269. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2079801

Alejandro Madrazo Lajous (Contact Author)

CIDE Law School, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) ( email )

Carretera México,
Toluca 3655 Col. Lomas de Santa Fe
Mexico City, Mexico D.F. 01210
Mexico

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