The Mexican state of Oaxaca voted to legalize the killing of unborn babies for any reason up to 12 weeks of pregnancy Wednesday, as pressure grows on pro-life countries to legalize abortion on demand.

The AP reports state lawmakers voted 24-12 in favor of the pro-abortion law, making Oaxaca the second jurisdiction in Mexico to allow abortions.

Abortion laws vary by state in Mexico. Abortions are legal up to 12 weeks in Mexico City, but other states prohibit or widely restrict the killing of unborn babies.

After the vote, abortion activists celebrated on the streets, shouting, “We have to abort, we have to abort this patriarchal system!” according to AFP. Meanwhile, pro-life advocates mourned the news and prayed for politicians who would “defend life, God and the commandments.”

At the national level, lawmakers in Mexico also are considering legislation to legalize abortions for any reason up to 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Pro-life countries are facing intense international pressure to legalize the killing of unborn babies, often from groups financed by some of the richest men in the world. The United Nations has slammed pro-life laws as abusive and claimed abortion is a human right.

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But some political leaders are rejecting the push and trying to increase protections for the unborn. In 2018, legislators in the state of Sinaloa approved a constitutional amendment to protect unborn babies from the moment of conception.

Last October, the Mexican March for Life also brought hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers together to support the right to life. They rallied around the theme “the two lives,” which recognizes that the mother and her unborn child both are unique, valuable human beings.

Below is an image of an unborn baby at 12 weeks.

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1973 Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton Decisions Legalized Abortion in the U.S. for theFull Nine Months of Pregnancy Prior to 1967, abortion was prohibited in all 50 states except when the mother’s life was in danger. Between 1967 and 1973, 18 states added further exceptions, mostly to allow abortion in cases of rape and incest, or for certain limited medical reasons, or on demand (New York). In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court rendered two decisions, Roe v. Wade 1 and Doe v. Bolton 2 which, taken together, have allowed legal abortion on demand at any stage of pregnancy in all 50 states. The two original decisions established legal abortion as follows: In the first three months of pregnancy, no one can interfere with a woman’s decision to abort her child. After the first three months, but before the “viability” of the unborn child, an individual state can enact laws to protect the health of the mother but cannot prohibit the abortion of the unborn child. After “viability” of the unborn child, an individual state can, if it chooses to do so, enact laws to protect the unborn child but abortion must be allowed if the life or “health” of the mother is at stake. The Supreme Court defined “health” as “the medical judgment that may be exercised in light of all factors – physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age –relevant to the well-being of the patient. All these factors may relate to health.” 2 Consequently, the broad definition of “health” has made abortion legal up to the moment of birth.

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