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“Women must be consulted and decide”: AMLO spoke of abortion in Mexico after decriminalization in Argentina

#Photo: #Presidency of #Mexico.

The president of #Mexico, #Andrés #Manuel López #Obrador, said this #Thursday in his press conference that there are ways to decriminalize abortion throughout the country, as #Argentina did recently, because it is a decision that should not be taken from the structures of the power, but it’s a women’s issue.

#He indicated that on controversial issues such as abortion, people must be taken into account, specifically in this case women, and he recalled that citizen consultations are a mechanism that can be binding.

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“#Well, it’s a decision they made in #Argentina, #In the case of #Mexico, we have argued that it is an issue that must be consulted and in which women must freely decide, and that there is no limitation for those who are in favor of these changes in the legislation to speak out, there is freedom absolute and in very controversial subjects, the best thing is always I have maintained, it is that citizens be consulted, that nothing is imposed, that everything is according to the majority decision of the people and in this case of women who decide freely, but that nothing is imposed, the best method to resolve discrepancies , differences, points of view because it is the democratic method that is what I have always maintained ”, indicated the #Mexican president.

Protesters camped at the gates of the Argentine Congress, awaiting the vote in the Senate on the legalization of abortion.  EFE / Juan Ignacio Roncoroni
#Protesters camped at the gates of the #Argentine #Congress, awaiting the vote in the #Senate on the legalization of abortion. EFE / #Juan #Ignacio #Roncoroni

López #Obrador pointed out that it is a decision of the women, and that his position on the subject is that “the best thing is to consult women in this case.

“#It is a decision of women, my position is that in these issues where there are points of view for and against, because that is democracy there is no single thought, The best thing is to consult the citizens, and in this case I repeat the women, and there are mechanisms to request a consultation, our constitution is established in article 35.

#And that consultation can be binding and leads to changes in the laws or not, depending on the opinion of women, what I do not think is convenient is that a decision be made from above that even if there is legitimate legal representation, such as the legislative power; I consider that in these cases it is the application of participatory democracy ”, he pointed out.

Photo: Presidency of Mexico.
#Photo: #Presidency of #Mexico.

The president reiterated that in democracy everyone has to be listened to, and in the case to decriminalize abortion in all the states of the #Republic, women must decide without the intervention of the power structures.

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“It is about respecting everyone, putting freedom first. #We are free and in #Mexico it is sought, especially in this government, The one that is listened to and taken into account to all, without distinction of religion, current of thought, economic, social, cultural situation.

#Is to consult everything#Yes, because everyone, everyone, everyone, and specifically all women, deserve respect, all, and there must be equality. #So, if this is considered necessary, important, there is a way for it to be decided.

#That power structures do not intervene, that is, it is not a matter of government or of the powers or of the #Churches, but rather it is a matter of women, citizens, people, the people.

  REUTERS / Toya Sarno Jordan
REUTERS / #Toya #Sarno #Jordan

#That is why I think that the best thing is democracy, that people express themselves, a consultation is made and from there the government has to act. #It is to command obeying in everything.

#And do not oppose anything, take people into account, do not think that people do not know what is good or bad, and in this case, women. #That is my point of view ”, explained López #Obrador.

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#President #He raised this #Thursday a popular consultation on abortion by avoiding positioning himself on its legalization after the law approved by #Argentina.

The words of López #Obrador They arrived after the approval on #Wednesday of legal abortion in #Argentina, a practice that in #Mexico is only completely decriminalized, up to 12 weeks of gestation, in the capital and in #Oaxaca.

#As a result, several feminist groups asked the president’s leftist party, #Movimiento #Regeneración #Nacional (#Morena), to assert its majority in #Congress to pass a federal law that allows the legal termination of pregnancy.


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