Mexico's Supreme Court rules right to life from conception is unconstitutional

A woman holds a banner which reads "Free abort" during a protest to celebrate the decision of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) that declared the criminalization of abortion as unconstitutional, in Saltillo, Mexico September 7, 2021. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

MEXICO CITY, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Mexico's supreme court ruled on Thursday that the protection of "life from conception" was unconstitutional, doubling down on its decision earlier this week that abortion was not a crime.

The ruling, stemming from a case out of Sinaloa state, has implications for Mexican states that have laws to defend a right to life from conception and put women at risk of prosecution for aborting a pregnancy.

The court's decision, another blow to conservatives in the predominantly-Catholic nation, came days after its watershed ruling that penalizing abortion is unconstitutional, a major victory for reproductive rights activists. read more

Hundreds of mostly poor Mexican women have been prosecuted for abortion, while at least several dozen remain jailed.

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Reporting by Cassandra Garrison; editing by Richard Pullin

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