UPDATE: To church’s dismay, Veracruz state approves bill decriminalizing abortion – Catholic News Service

MEXICO CITY (CNS) — Lawmakers in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz approved a bill decriminalizing abortion during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. It was the second such decriminalization measure approved in Mexico in barely two weeks. The Veracruz state legislature overwhelmingly approved the legislation July 20 with 25 votes in favor and just three against. Lawmakers in central Hidalgo state, north of Mexico City, approved a similar bill July 6. Church leaders in Veracruz, Mexico’s fourth largest state by population, expressed dismay with the measure, which they said was rushed through the legislature in a closed-door session. “It’s a perverse thing,” said Father José Manuel Suazo Reyes, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Xalapa. “They didn’t let anyone attend, the lawmakers were locked in there, and they did it all in the dark.” In response, the Mexican bishops’ conference July 21 lamented the vote, saying “it constitutes a grave injustice, which allows an unacceptable wrong to be committed against another human being in its most vulnerable stage, when he requires greater protection, along with his mother.”

UPDATE: To church’s dismay, Veracruz state approves bill decriminalizing abortion – Catholic News Service

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