Mexico’s Supreme Court upholds rape victims’ right to access morning after pill

Good news from Mexico this week – the Supreme Court has upheld the right of rape victims across the country to access the morning-after pill, according to the Latin American Herald Tribune:

After six sessions of intense debate, 10 of the 11 magistrates backed regulation NOM-046, court sources told Efe.

The case began in June 2009, when the governor of Jalisco state, conservative Emilio Gonzalez challenged the constitutionality of the regulation.

The governor opposed having hospitals in his state provide the emergency pill, a contraceptive method that the Catholic Church considers to be abortion.

In 1999, 13-year-old Paulina Ramirez, who became pregnant after being raped, decided to have an abortion in accord with legislation in the northern state of Baja California, but doctors talked her out of having the procedure.

José Miguel Vivanco, Americas director at Human Rights Watch, said: “The state should not force rape victims to suffer an imposed pregnancy.” The campaign group has a report detailing obstructions to rape victims wanting to access abortion.