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VIEWPOINT: Contrasting courts

In September of last year, Mexico’s Supreme Court unanimously ruled that penalizing abortion was unconstitutional.

The landmark ruling appeared to clear the way for the legalization of abortion across this predominantly Catholic country.

Although many states have yet to modify their legal frameworks to comply with the court’s ruling, the decision was celebrated as a major victory for women’s rights across Latin America.

Uproar erupted this week after a leaked draft ruling indicated the U.S. Supreme Court was set to overturn the landmark Roe vs. Wade ruling that has guaranteed abortion rights across the United States for almost five decades.

If the court overturns Roe, as many as half of U.S. states could outlaw abortion, according to reproductive rights groups.  Thirteen have already passed “trigger laws” that will automatically ban abortion if Roe is overruled.

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