Yojany is a 29-year-old mother of three who struggles to support her family on the $120 per month that her husband makes as a gardener. Yojany’s oldest son has asthma, and she says she was shocked when she found out she was pregnant again.
“What is the point of having four or five kids and having them die of hunger, or running out of money when one of them gets sick?” she asked.
Uncertain about whether she could support another child, Yojany decided to ask her doctor for information about an abortion. Her doctor told her that abortion was illegal under most circumstances in Mexico but gave her information about the procedure and, after Yojany made her decision, arranged for her to obtain one. Years later, Yojany says that she doesn’t regret her decision: “I feel liberated.”
On April 24, 2007, a two-thirds majority in the Legislative Assembly of the Federal District of Mexico City passed landmark legislation to decriminalize abortion during the first trimester of pregnancy. Ipas Mexico worked with legislators, media and activists to promote the law change, and Ipas Mexico will continue to work to ensure that women are able to receive safe, legal, high-quality abortion care in Mexico City and beyond.
Although first-trimester abortion is legal in every Mexican state if the pregnancy is caused by rape, few women outside Mexico City are able to exercise this right. Ipas Mexico works to improve reproductive health care throughout the country, including training medical and legal professionals, helping hospitals obtain high-quality reproductive health equipment and advocating for public policies that improve care and increase women’s access to abortion. Ipas Mexico also helps to train a new generation of activists and medical professionals who treat women with respect and are well-trained in sexual and reproductive rights issues.
Visit ipasmexico.org to learn more about Ipas Mexico’s programs (Spanish language only).