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Abortion ban ‘punished poor women’

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MEXICO CITY: The Mexican Supreme Court’s unanimous decision to decriminal­ise abortion will principall­y help poorer women, who have in the past borne the brunt of punishment­s for the crime, the president of the tribunal says.

Speaking after the court ruled it was no longer possible to prosecute any woman who has an abortion without violating the constituti­on, Supreme Court president Arturo Zaldivar said denying women the right had been an enormous social injustice.

Only four out of Mexico’s 32 regional government­s had decriminal­ised abortion before the court’s ruling, and dozens of women have been imprisoned in the past decade for having had abortions, according to leading advocacy groups.

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