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Abortion in Mexico: 
A History of Permission and Prohibition
Archivo General del Estado de Yucatan (AGEY), Justicia, Penal, vol. 132, exp. 34.
Date: April 18
Time: 11:50am-1:10 pm
Location: Virtual

Although many people assume that Mexico, with its strongly Catholic social orientation, would be a place of entrenched historic abortion prohibition. In fact, social and religious opposition to abortion is a fairly recent phenomena in Mexico. This presentation traces the legal history of abortion in Mexico from the viceregal period right up to the present moment. It examines the allowances colonial and modern legal and judicial systems made for its practice and briefly examines some of the ways that recent opposition to abortion differed from historical concerns about its occurrence.

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Topic: Abortion in Mexico: A History of Permission and Prohibition

Time: Apr 18, 2022 11:50 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Nora Jaffary is professor of History at Concordia University in Montréal. She is currently finishing a history of abortion in Mexico that will be published in Spanish, in Mexico covering the colonial era, the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries. Among other works she has published Women in Colonial Latin America 1526 to 1806: Texts and Context (2018), co-edited with Jane E. Mangan, and Reproduction and Its Discontents in Mexico: Childbirth and Contraception from 1750 to 1905 (2016).

Last Updated: 4/7/22