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Life news notes: United States; Mexico

1. Barack Obama Endorsement

Planned ParenthoodThe Planned Parenthood Action Fund is very excited to officially endorse Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) for president of the United States. The board of the national Planned Parenthood Action Fund voted unanimously last month to recommend endorsing Sen. Obama, a decision ratified by Planned Parenthood's local action organizations, which represent the interests of all 99 Planned Parenthood affiliates.

"The Planned Parenthood Action Fund is proud to endorse Barack Obama for president of the United States," said Action Fund President Cecile Richards. "He is a passionate advocate for women's rights and has a long and consistent record of standing up for women's health care. As president, he will improve access to quality health care for women, support and protect a woman's right to choose, support comprehensive sex education to keep our young people healthy and safe, and invest in prevention programs, including family planning services and breast cancer screenings."

Sen. Obama received a 100 percent rating from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. This stands in stark contrast to the radically anti-choice Sen. John McCain's zero percent rating.

Sen. Obama has sponsored or co-sponsored legislation that focuses on commonsense prevention measures to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and expand access to birth control, including the

  • Prevention Through Affordable Access Act
  • Prevention First Act
  • Communities of Color Teen Pregnancy Prevention Act
  • Responsible Education About Life (REAL) Act

Sen. Obama supports medically accurate comprehensive sex education and voted in favor of legislation to fund medically accurate sex education.

Sen. Obama supports the Freedom of Choice Act, which would codify and protect a woman's right to choose.

Sen. Obama is a champion of family planning access for women worldwide and voted to repeal the destructive global gag rule, which bars any U.S. aid for international family planning organizations that perform or promote access to abortion services.


2.Majority on Mexican Supreme Court Endorse Constitutionality of Abortion Law

A majority of justices serving on the Supreme Court of Mexico have now stated their support for the constitutionality of Mexico City's abortion legislation, which depenalizes abortion on demand up to the 12th week of gestation.

At publication time, seven of the eleven justices had indicated that they would vote in favor of the law. Only four such votes were necessary to sustain it.

Members of the socialist Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) in the nation's Chamber of Deputies celebrated the anticipated verdict and predicted that abortion would be legalized in Mexico's 31 states.

The justices rejected arguments by the nation's Justice Department (PGR) and Human Rights Commission (CNDH), who argued that the law violated human rights and exceeded Mexico City's jurisdiction, as well as a 610-page brief formulated by Justice Sergio Salvador Aguirre Anguiano, which argued that the law violated the nation's constitution and international human rights agreements.

Pro-life forces reportedly intend to follow the judgment by pushing for a referendum in the capital city, where opinion polls show that a strong majority is opposed to abortion.

(Source: LifeSiteNews)