Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Every Sperm Is Sacred, But the Law Turns Out To Be Secular

It's so very rare that we have anything positive to say about the Mexican justice "system," but we're pleased to report that Querétaro's "Every Sperm Is Sacred" law, extending full citizenship, personhood, and the constitutional protections they imply to fertilized eggs, has been struck down the the Mexican Supreme Court on the basis of "you can't just pass whatever laws you want without following the few basic procedures on how laws get passed, you bunch of god-bothering nitwits." (We're paraphrasing.)  The idea that rules exist for a reason and cannot be circumvented by elected officials just because they feel like doing so is something of a step forward, regardless of what you think of the Zygote Protection Act of 2009.

No longer a full citizen of Querétaro...


This will of course have no effect whatsoever on reproductive rights in the great state of Quéretaro.  Abortion is still 100% illegal at the moment, and for the time being the tiny state will continue to lead Mexico in underage, out-of-wedlock births, so Jesus will still be happy! But it's still nice to see the rule of law enforced from time to time.

(Note - The article we linked to above - from some anti-abortion newsletter, which was the only English coverage we could find - end with: "Currently, seventeen of Mexico's 31 states have passed pro-life constitutional amendments in response to the legalization of the killing of the unborn in the nation's Federal District, Mexico City, in 2007. Since that time, over 90,000 unborn children have died at the hands of abortionists in the nation's capital."  For sake of comparison, the US number in the same six-year period would be 7.3 million.  Mexico is 1/3 the population of the US.)

2 comments:

Olivr said...

Oh, life.

Olivr said...

Oh, life.