Despite having the world’s second-largest Roman Catholic population, Mexico’s Supreme Court Decriminalizes Abortion in Historic Shift.
In a 10-0 vote, Mexico’s justices struck down several provisions of law in the northern states of Sinaloa and Coahuila. The law in Coahuila, which shares a border with Texas, called for one to three years in prison for anyone who terminates a pregnancy or assists in the procedure. The law in Sinaloa defined life as beginning at conception.
While the decision only addressed the laws in those two states, the justices said it would establish a precedent that applies to all states, paving the way for changes in the law across the country of 127 million.
“From now on, it will not be possible, without violating the criteria of the Court and the Constitution, to prosecute any woman who has an abortion in the circumstances that this Court has considered valid,” said Mexico chief justice Arturo Zaldívar.
Meanwhile, Back in the States
The Heartbeat Law is clearly unconstitutional.
A: It allow outside parties with no say or damages to collect at least $10,000 in damages.
Anyone who performs an abortion or even gives someone abortion advice or drives them to a clinic is subject to a $10,000 fine, by any private citizen (or thousands of them).
Point blank, that is clearly nuts.
Abortion, the Death Penalty, and the Shadow Docket
The Texas Heartbeat law will go down in flames but it is still very unclear what the Court will do with the larger issue of Roe v Wade.
There's a very good writeup on the SCOTUS Blog Abortion, the Death Penalty, and the Shadow Docket
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