President of Mexico, Andres Manuel López Obrador, Assured this Wednesday that it must “respect the law” following the historic decision of the Mexican Supreme Court The criminalization of abortion was declared unconstitutional.
“We have to respect the law. When I protested as president, I took an oath to abide by the Constitution and the laws that came out of it. And then I have to obey,” the president said in a press conference from the National Palace .
Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) this Tuesday declared unconstitutional the criminalization of women who have abortions in the first stage of pregnancy. and recognized the right to decide on a landmark judgment.
Unanimously, The ministers of the SCJN’s plenary session invalidated Article 196 of the penal code of the northern state of Coahuila, which imposes a prison sentence of one to three years “to a woman who voluntarily performs an abortion or to a person who causes her to have an abortion.” “Consented Abortion.”
The Supreme Court’s decision not only invalidates Coahuila, the state’s penal code, but sets a mandatory precedent for all courts in the country, which must rule in favor of women from other states.
This Wednesday, López Obrador insisted he would not give his position on the issue, but called for “respect” for the judicial decision: “What I think is a decision of the judicial power of the Supreme Court, which is practically was unanimous and should be respected”.
“We, in my case, should not take sides,” the president insisted.
And he said there are “contradictory positions” so that as president he should not pronounce “other than the side already resolved by the ministers of the Supreme Court”.
Hours before the verdict, the Mexican president limited himself to saying he had to wait for the Supreme Court’s decision, and could not voice his opinion because he “cannot expose himself to wear and tear.” “
Abortion, the criminalization of which is a local capacity, is outlawed in only four of the country’s 32 states: Mexico City, Oaxaca, Hidalgo and Veracruz.