Sex and Abortion in the City
I was on Mother Jones website tonight reading some of the political articles. I came across an interesting blog written about Mexico City. If you are interesting in reading the article it can be found at http://www.motherjones.com/mojoblog/index.html#4282. and http://www.motherjones.com/mojoblog/archives/2007/04/4054_mexico_city_wil.html.
Though the article was brief it brought up quite a few issues that we have discussed in class, such as class, women's rights, homosexuality and law. What was most important in the article was the fact that I was informed of the fact that in Mexico City Abortion within the first trimester is no legal. Also, same sex marriage has been made legal. Prior to these law changes abortion was not an option in Mexico City except for in situations of rape and when giving birth would ultimately be fatal to a women's health. This is a really big step for women's reproductive rights in Mexico, because Mexico City makes up a fifth of the country's population. The writer of the article, Cameron Scott discusses Mexico's current social state as well. She discusses Mexico's current class system. Scott talks about how there is an incredible income gap among Mexico's people. She represents the wealth of the rich by discussing how they have live in maids and the poor as being the maids living in homes with no floors are running water. Camerons says the poor in Mexico have, "virtually no education or oppurtunities". Which most likely would create a continuous cycle of the class system. The poor are not educated and have no chance to get above their social station and the rich continue to thrive with the excesses. I am not sure what the outlines of this new abortion law are. Mexico is Catholic by majority and this creates a great deal of friction with reproductive rights. In the Catholic relgion birth control is not acceptable. There is great dispute on these new laws in Mexico as there are here in the United States. It will be interesting to see how these new laws effect Mexico as a nation, and perhaps what we can learn from their situation.