Unborn babies are still protected in most of Mexico after the nation’s leaders decided to postpone debate on a measure to legalize abortions.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and many other lawmakers with the National Regeneration Movement support a constitutional amendment that would make abortion a “right,” the Catholic News Agency reports.

Earlier this month, however, López Obrador announced that they decided to put their plans on hold, according to the report. The Mexican legislature ends its current session on April 30, and a national election is coming up in June.

“Regarding all these initiatives, I think there won’t be time,” López Obrador said at an April 14 press conference. “It’s not that we have influence in the legislature, it’s that the ordinary session will be over at the end of this month.”

The president said they also want to consult Mexican citizens about “highly controversial confrontational issues.”

Currently, Mexican states have the authority to protect unborn babies from abortion. Most do, but Mexico City and a few other areas allow abortions in the first trimester.

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

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Here’s more from the report:

On March 11, the committee in the Mexican Chamber of Deputies which reviews proposed changes to the constitution issued a favorable opinion on constitutional reforms that open the door to legalizing abortion and imposing gender ideology.

Controversial terms that would be inserted in the constitution include “reproductive autonomy,” “free development of the personality,” “sexual and reproductive health services,” “gender expression,” “same-sex marriages,” “substantive equality,” “sexual and genital identity,” and generic sexes.

The June election will determine the leadership of the lower house in Mexico and possibly the future of unborn babies’ rights in the country. Many pro-life and religious leaders in Mexico are urging people to vote for candidates who support unborn babies’ right to life.

Rodrigo Iván Cortés, president of the National Front for the Family, told ACI Prensa that the president and other leaders of the National Regeneration Movement are the politicians who are pushing to legalize abortion nation-wide.

Though the president did decide to delay action, Cortés urged people to remain vigilant. He encouraged people to learn about the candidates’ positions before they vote and “demand that the candidates state their positions during this election cycle.”

Catholic Church leaders in Mexico also urged voters to “stand for the defense” of unborn babies as they prepare to vote on June 6. Breitbart reports the Archdiocese of Mexico City published a voters guide earlier this month that encourages Catholics to make the sanctity of life a top priority.

“In these times it is not possible to take a neutral stance on respect for life, family and religious freedom,” the voters guide states. “Support should be given to those who have taken a clear stand for the defense of the life of every human being, for those who see the family as the solution to social problems, and for those who defend religious freedom.”

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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