Security & Strategic Review - October 2023

MEXICO: Landmark moment for reproductive rights

Mexico’s supreme court (SCJN) issued a landmark ruling easing access to abortion across the country on 6 September. The ruling, which states that it is unconstitutional to criminalise abortion in the federal criminal code, comes two years after another landmark SCJN ruling which led to a wave of state legislatures decriminalising abortion. Women’s groups and reproductive rights organisations have welcomed the decision. However, they have warned that it does not mean that abortion will automatically become available to all across Mexico.

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