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Mexican NGOs: Catholic church pact to criminalize abortion all over the country

In Policy Blog on May 26, 2009 at 7:43 pm

In an article entitled MEXICO: Avalanche of Anti-Choice Laws, IPS News Service reports that my former organization, GIRE, and the NGO Catholics for the Right to Decide have publically stated that the rash of new anti-abortion legislation in Mexican states may constitute a pact on the part of the Catholic hierarchy. 

According to CDD director María Consuelo Mejía, there is “no direct evidence, but we have repeatedly heard allegations” of such a pact.

My former director at GIRE, María Luisa Sánchez, is quoted at calling the onslought of anti-choice legislation in PAN- and PRI-controlled states “revenge” on the part of conservative actors. 

GIRE, CDD and other allies have called upon other Mexican states to bring their constitutional and criminal frameworks in line with the Supreme Court’s decsions upholding the constitutionality of the Mexico City Law, but as the article points out, “12 states moved in the opposite direction and made it even more difficult to get a legal abortion, and another seven states may soon follow suit.”  A GIRE release on the subject today said that

In the past six months, Mexico has witnessed a wave of conservative bills that aim to protect life from the moment of conception in state constitutions. In many cases, these bills totally ban abortion even under circumstances (such as rape, fetal malformation, or risk to a woman’s life) when it is currently allowed.

Bad stuff.

This is why the rallying cry after the victory at the Supreme Court became, “Aborto legal y vamos por mas,” or “Legal abortion and we’re pushing for more.”  The NGOs knew that the battle for the states was coming, and GIRE initiated a campaign to protect, defend and advance abortion rights all over the country.  A summary of the “Every Woman Deserves a Choice” campaign is available on my portfolio page.

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Those who “don’t see color”

In Policy Blog on May 6, 2009 at 8:29 pm

I have been getting into racism again lately– well, into anti-racism.    A few blogs that I have been enjoying on race in the US and on oppression in general are Racialicious, sociological images, stuff white people do, and The Angry Black Woman.

I’ll point out a few really great pieces.  

This paragraph comes from a post on people who claim that they “don’t see color.”  The Angry Black Woman points out that by saying this, they are basically saying, 

I refuse to deal with how our culture and society treats people of color because it makes me uncomfortable. I don’t want to understand how having a different skin color or ethnicity affects other people because that means I would have to think and consider other points of view. What I want is to not have to think. I prefer to believe I live in a fantasy land where no one ever pays attention to skin color, ethnicity, culture, or religion.

Then there are these two posts (the second is a re-post) on Racialicious that point out images in popular culture that use people of color as “background,” emphasizing their non-entity status.  Great, cutting analysis.