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The Mexican Model of Abortion Rights

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The New York Times

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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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0:00.0

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

0:07.0

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

0:19.4

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

0:25.2

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

0:31.8

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

0:37.4

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

0:45.8

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

0:52.0

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

0:59.0

It's Tuesday, May 17th.

1:11.0

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

1:22.6

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

1:28.6

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

1:34.0

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

1:40.4

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

1:46.2

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

1:51.8

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

1:57.2

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

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

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of the country's most conservative states, Guanajuato.

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Okay, I think we are outside of Las Libreso.

2:18.3

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

2:26.7

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

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