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With speeds up to a gig restrictions apply. Actual speeds are not guaranteed. Mexico's supreme court ruled tuesday. That criminalizing abortion is unconstitutional. This could lead to the legalization of abortion in the world's second largest catholic country. Mary beth sheridan is a correspondent with the washington. Post joins us from mexico city. Beth thanks for being here. Good morning thanks for having me. It's a significant move in a country with one of the world's largest catholic populations to do this but it's only one law in one mexican state. So how is this likely to influence. Mexico is a whole at all right. Yes it's expected to have very broad consequences The way the mexican law works is The supreme court has eleven members. At least eight of them agree on an opinion then that ruling applies Throughout the country so in other words federal judges and local judges throughout mexico would be bound by the Ruling that comes in this case which did apply to the state of coahuila. So what happens. Now to women who work criminally charged or imprisoned for getting an abortion. Right so We've actually different opinions about exactly how that will work out. I think the grad acknowledgment is that women who were jailed or men who were helping them to get an abortion You'll be able to get out of jail. They some question about whether it will happen immediately. the government and called me mistake state that would directly address in this case. They've said they Anybody who jailed for an abortion Charge to be free. Pretty much immediately and retroactive others have suggested that in some places Women or other people in jail might need to Go through the procedure of appealing. But even the ruling the expectation is they will all be free. How did this come about. I mean was this The result of years of work by women's rights organizations. Yeah mexico's really in it fascinating movement in that Women have fought for years to have more rates greater quality. And you really see this producing all kinds of results on the one hand for example the congress that he's just starting to term It's half women. There is a apparently gender parity. Lot that It it actually constitutional amendment that was passed in two thousand eighteen putting mexico and courts to have a gender parody equal numbers of women in senior positions in the government at different levels And they'd be really broad Movement of women appealing for different kinds of rights in particular Demonstrations often against violence against which really large problem. But yes there have been There's been a lot of work by activists including the abortion issue and if he's been You know in the courts in the legislatures In law schools and so on So you do see really This ruling reflecting Both a lot of activism on the parts of these women's groups and also you know changing conceptions of what People should problem really is in mexico. I think it seemed very largely the full problem affecting you know pull them in and yeah teenagers and so on in just a couple of seconds. Has the church responded. Just quickly You know they Burden a toil in cabot publications urging jetty not to take this decision because fear. You know the argument to be happening. But it's been a fairly muted macron's from the church. Mary beth sheridan with the washington post in mexico city. We appreciate your reporting. This message comes from npr

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