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The Mexican Model of Abortion Rights

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🗓️ 17 May 2022

⏱️ 41 minutes

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When the Supreme Court decriminalized abortion with Roe v. Wade, it established the United States as a global leader on abortion rights, decades ahead of many other countries. Now, with Roe likely to be overturned, we look to Mexico, a country where the playbook for securing legalized abortion could be a model for activists in the United States. Guest: Natalie Kitroeff, a correspondent covering Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean for The New York Times.

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From the New York Times, I'm Michael Bavaro. This is a Daily.


Today, when the Supreme Court decriminalized abortion with row versus weight in 1973, it


instantly established the United States as a global leader on abortion rights. Decades


ahead of many other countries. But in recent years, there's been a dramatic reversal.


The country that for so long was a beacon to abortion rights activist worldwide, has


been restricting access just as many other countries have finally begun to expand it.


My colleague, Natalie Ketrowov, has been reporting on how, with row itself, now likely to be


overturned, Mexico could suddenly be a model to abortion activists in the U.S.


It's Tuesday, May 17th.


So, Natalie, tell us about the reporting that you have been doing in Mexico in the lead


up to this leak of the Supreme Court draft opinion showing that the U.S. is headed toward


row versus weight being overturned. Why Mexico in this moment?


Yeah, so I've been especially interested in what was going on in Mexico because, of course,


well in advance of the leak, the U.S. had been passing increasingly restrictive abortion


laws all across the country. And in Mexico, you have this example just across the border


of this place where for years abortion had been illegal in the vast majority of states


in all but the rarest of cases. But many women were still getting abortions there. So,


I want to understand how that worked. And so, a few months ago, I traveled to one


of the country's most conservative states, Guanajuato.


Okay, I think we are outside of Las Libreso.


Tamita woman named Veronica Cruz. And who is Veronica Cruz?


She runs an activist organization called Las Libres, which translates to the free ones.


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