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Mexico standing up for the “Gift of Life”
November 22, 2008, 8:35 pm
Filed under: John Paul II, Pro-life

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Our Lady of Guadalupe, Star of the New Evangelization by Mother Adela, SCTJM

During one of his visits to Mexico, Pope John Paul II said “No Mexican should dare to victimize the precious and sacred gift of life that grows in the womb.”

Sadly enough that all changed on April 24, 2007 when the Mexico City legislature approved a bill to make abortion legal during the first three months of pregnancy. On August 28, 2008 the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) upheld the law legalizing abortion in Mexico City through 12 weeks of pregnancy, rejecting a constitutional challenge.

But according to an article entitled “A Wake-up Call” by Sean Salai in The Catholic World Report there is still a great deal of hope for Mexico. Here are some points from the article:

-“The Supreme Courts ruling merely states the city’s legislation is constitutional and makes no provision for wider legalization measures.”

-Fr. Marco Bran Flores, S.J. from Mexico states:”…Mexico City exhibits a very different cultural environment…Mexico City’s liberal reputation is almost mythical throughout the country, and contrasts sharply with the conservatism of the other big cities. This law will not easily be duplicated in other parts of Mexico.”

-Mexican Bishops have come out strongly even telling lawmakers who voted for this law that they are automatically excommunicated.

– Rosalind Villasenor, a Mexican born lay minister who conducts abstinence retreats in the U.S. and Mexico points out: “I wouldn’t consider (the law) typical, Mexico is known to be protective of its culture, faith and values. There can’t be anything more important (to Mexican) than life.”

And one other point that the article made was:

-“This law will have little effect on the rest of Mexico and will only serve to galvanize the Mexican pro-life movement.”

And that is exactly what has happened – since the March 2007 Mexico City pro-abortion law was passed there have been many demonstrations for life in Mexico. Here are links that show the Mexican people standing up for life:

Mexico Pro-Life Advocates Will Protest Abortions Once They Begin April 25, 2007

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Silent No More Pro-Life March, Mexico March 2007

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40,000 march against abortion in Guadalajara May 11, 2007

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Massive Mexican Protest for life on May 25 /2008

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Mexico City Pilgrimage to Protest Abortion Law to be Held this Sunday “Pilgrimage for the Marvelous Gift of Life,” June 22.2008

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Mexican Pro-Lifers to UN: Stop Murdering our Children Organization accuses United Nations of complicity in “genocide” against Mexicans July 16, 2008

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Mexico Bells ordered to be rung as ‘sign of morning’ Aug 31, 2008

But there is even better news coming out of Mexico.

Last week, at the national meeting of the Mexican Bishops conference, they agreed to the following actions for the defense of life
  • Prayer, Holy hours, Masses for life
  • Teaching “Evangelium Vitae” everywhere
  • Massive and permanent campaigns for life
  • Promoting pro-life laws
  • Creating pro-life and natural family planning committees at parish level.

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Pro-lifer’s are also working hard on the political level to outlaw abortion in the rest of the country.

In order to prevent the attempt to legalize abortion at the national level Mexico needs 16 of its 31 states to protect human life in their constitutions. Since the Supreme Court ruling in August many of the Mexican States have been putting this legislation on a fast track. Following are the states that have either passed this legislation or are working on protecting human life in their constitutions:
  • Sonora October, 2008 (with exceptions in case of rape, mother’s life, miscarriage)
  • Baja California October, 2008 (no exceptions)
  • Morelos November, 2008 (no exceptions)
  • Chihuahua already had protections for life in their constitution since 1994.
  • Last week the Governor of Veracruz has sent his State congress a bill to protect life from conception.
  • Jalisco and Nuevo Leon, the two most important Mexican states after Mexico City, are on the verge of approving constitutional amendments that will establish the right to life of the unborn from the moment of conception.
  • Also, last June Legislators in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, which borders the United States, rejected an attempt to decriminalize abortion, according to the news agency Infonorte.
  • Guanajuato and Jalisco each have proposed Constitutional amendments, but they still don’t have enough votes from PRI legislators to approve them, so they are waiting.

We should be encouraged and find inspiration in the Pro-life response of the Mexican people. Please remember them in your prayers. Thanks to Marcela Vaquera for giving us current information on the situation in Mexico.


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we can help God turn bad into good. We need to educate and evangelize our people so we can use this enthusiasm to promote the culture of life.

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