Mexican Supreme Court upholds state’s right to protect personhood

Mexico City, Mexico—The Supreme Court of Mexico upheld state personhood amendments Thursday, guaranteeing the right to life for preborn babies for the second time in two years.

Five justices sided in favor of the amendments, rejecting the constitutional disagreements submitted by municipalities in Oaxaca and Guanajuato, ruling that the amendments do not exceed the state’s jurisdiction over health issues. The decision reaffirms the states’ right to recognize and protect personhood in their constitutions.

Personhood in Mexico

States in red have adopted Personhood amendments to their local constitutions, protecting life from conception until natural death.

Eighteen Mexican states passed personhood amendments in response to the 2009 legalization of abortion in Mexico City. The measures enjoy broad popular support, including endorsement from 88% of all state legislators. Lawmakers from all major national parties, including the PRI, PAN, and PRD, have voiced their support for recognizing every single human being as a person.

In 2011, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of personhood amendments in the states of Baja California and San Luis Potosi. This week’s ruling strengthens the legal precedent in favor of state personhood amendments.

A Wednesday ruling invalidated a similar amendment in Querétaro, based on alleged legislative process violations. Nevertheless, the court reinforced the state’s legislative power to pass the amendment again, so long as the proper process is followed.

“While President Obama was calling personhood ‘absurd’ this week, Mexico upheld common-sense legislation that all human beings are persons with dignity and rights,” said Personhood USA legal analyst Gualberto Garcia Jones. “The decision in Mexico is additional evidence that personhood works in the real world. We commit to work towards the day when this truth is realized for all children in Mexico, the United States, and around the globe.”

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