"The product of conception is a person"
The Supreme Court of Mexico has begun oral arguments in a case that could have as much significance there as Roe v. Wade had in the U.S.
On Friday, April 11, the court held the first of six scheduled public hearings on a case brought before it by the National Human Rights Commission and the federal Attorney General's Office challenging as unconstitutional a law adopted in April 2007 in the Federal District that legalized unrestricted abortion through the twelfth week of pregnancy. The Federal District, similar to the District of Columbia in the U.S., is the nation's capital and includes Mexico City.
This first hearing was dedicated to the presentation of arguments against the law legalizing abortion. In addition to Attorney General Eduardo Medina-Mora and Human Rights Commission president José Luis Soberanes, several prestigious bioethics specialists and constitutional law experts representing several civic organizations took part. The arguments were transmitted live on the judicial television channel and by Internet.
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