No Comment on Abortion/Vaccine ArrivalsBy Sofía Hanna | Tue, 09/07/2021 - 12:16
Abortion dilemma. Eight magistrates from the 11-member Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) said on Monday they supported the decriminalization of abortion, saying the current law was unconstitutional. If their support translates to an official verdict declaring the criminalization of abortion unconstitutional, it would set a momentous precedent that would be enforced in all Mexican courts. A final ruling has yet to be made by the Supreme Court. "In this case, if the Judicial Power is attending to it, wait for the decision of the court, because it is the power that decides on these matters. We have acted, in my case as president, with prudence, in a respectful way because these are very controversial, controversial issues, and we do not want to encourage any confrontation,” said President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
The case derives from a challenge that the then-Attorney General's Office (PGR) brought against the Penal Code of Coahuila in 2017, intending to declare unconstitutional the criminalization of women who have abortions and that of health personnel who assist them with consent.
Floods in Hidalgo. López Obrador discussed the serious floods registered in Tula, Hidalgo. He said the government has already deployed operations to support the population. "It is raining a lot. Yesterday, we had floods in many states of the country. We are attentive, and we will be helping today, supporting the victims and all the families." The authorities in affected municipalities have asked their population to take care, in case the flows increase due to the rains, both in the Valley of Mexico and in the Tula region.
COVID-19. López Obrador said that there is no evidence that the reopening of schools has increased coronavirus infections in the country. "For the fourth consecutive week, a reduction of estimated cases in the country has been maintained and accelerated. We have announced it for a month and a half, and we hope to see it consistently and at an accelerated rate. We started with a reduction of 26 percent, and this trend is expected to continue.
After the reopening of the schools for face-to-face classes on Aug. 30, Deputy Minister of Prevention and Health Promotion Hugo López-Gatell commented that monitoring in coordination with the Ministry of Public Education (SEP) shows that "in the entire territory, so far, there is no evidence that the reopening of schools has resulted in a significant increase in cases." The head of the Ministry of Public Education (SEP), Delfina Gómez, announced that 12,639,915 students have returned to the classroom, and 135,230 schools have reopened. COVID-19 cases were reported at 88 schools, but López-Gatell said that the cases had been attended and only 0.03 percent of schools had closed, which he called a good indicator.
Vaccines. Donations of 4.6 million AstraZeneca vaccines and 1.75 million Moderna vaccines will arrive in Mexico in September from the US. With the donation, a total of 150 million doses are expected before the end of the year. Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard announced that this week the federal government would send 300,000 vaccine doses to Honduras and Bolivia, and it expects to send vaccines to Jamaica, Paraguay, Belize and Nicaragua soon.
Speaking about the possibility of vaccinating minors, López Obrador said that the government would send more information to the Judiciary that is deciding the matter. "We are going to send a report to the Judiciary to explain the characteristics of the vaccines, and what it means to vaccinate minors so that the judges have more elements. We perceive that the judges do not have all the facts so that they can act adequately."
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