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Oaxaca becomes the first state in the predominantly Roman Catholic country to decriminalize abortion.
Lawmakers in the southern Mexico state of Oaxaca approved Wednesday the legalization of abortion with 24 votes in favor, 10 against. The bill will change the state’s constitution and drop criminal charges for those who decide to terminate their pregnancy during the first 12 weeks after conception.
Oaxaca is now only the second area in Mexico, after Mexico City in 2007, to allow the procedure under such conditions.
The topic has been ignited over the past decade in Latin America's political arena, particularly as Argentina has been on the forefront of demanding that the state allow free, safe and legal abortions for up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. However, the nation's senate rejected a bill that would have legalized the measure in August after the lower house had already approved it.