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Quintana Roo becomes the 10th Mexican state to legalize abortion

Chetumal, Q.R. — Congress of Quintana Roo approved the decriminalization of abortion in the state, making it the 10th in the country. On Wednesday, State Congress voted to make abortion legal until the 12th week of pregnancy.

The approval was announced with 19 votes in favor of and three against. A reform to the State’s Penal Code will be made to Articles 92, 93, 94, 95 and 97 in sections II, III and IV, while Article 96 is repealed.

Deputy Humberto Aldana Navarro said “today there is a response to citizen demand that Quintana Roo guarantees sexual and reproductive rights. With this modification, our criminal legislation is being homologated to the repeated criteria of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN), which have definitively declared the criminalization of abortion unconstitutional.”

Quintana Roo joins the other nine Mexican states Ciudad de México, Oaxaca, Hidalgo, Veracruz, Coahuila, Baja California, Sonora, Guerrero and Baja California Sur, where abortion is legal.