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The Mexico Supreme Court dealt a blow to the rights of unborn babies Tuesday when it ruled that laws that include criminal penalties for abortionists who kill babies in abortions are unconstitutional.

Reuters reports Supreme Court Justice Luis Maria Aguilar praised the unanimous ruling as a “historic step for the rights of women” in Mexico.

Abortion activists have been pressuring Mexican leaders for years to repeal pro-life laws that protect unborn babies, sometimes resorting to violent protests, vandalism and threats. Roman Catholic churches especially have been targets of pro-abortion violence in recent years.

According to the AP, the ruling only applies to laws that criminalize abortion in the state of Coahuila, but the precedent set by the high court almost certainly will be used to strike down pro-life laws across Mexico in the near future.

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Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that it is unconstitutional to punish abortion, unanimously annulling several provisions of a law from Coahuila — a state on the Texas border — that had made abortion a criminal act.

The decision will immediately only affect the northern border state, but it establishes “obligatory criteria for all of the country’s judges,” compelling them to act the same way in similar cases, said court President Arturo Zaldívar.

Until now, Mexico has allowed its states to pass their own laws regarding abortion, and most protect unborn babies’ right to life. Earlier this year, Veracruz became the fourth state to legalize abortion, after Mexico City, Oaxaca and Hildago; however, 28 states in the country still protect unborn babies by banning abortions.

The country has been facing on-going violent protests by abortion activists as well as international pressure from the United Nations – and, likely under President Joe Biden, the United States — to legalize the killing of unborn babies in abortions throughout the country.

In April, federal leaders postponed voting on a bill to legalize abortions in Mexico, but pro-life advocates expect lawmakers will resurrect it. Previously, Rodrigo Iván Cortés, president of the National Front for the Family, told ACI Prensa that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and other leaders of the National Regeneration Movement are the politicians who are pushing to legalize abortion nation-wide.

Pro-abortion groups, funded by some of the richest men in the world, are putting pressure on Mexico and other Central and South American countries to legalize the killing of unborn babies in abortions.

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