‘Secular state’ amendment moves forward in Congress

In reaction to the PAN’s efforts to overturn Mexico City’s law permitting gay marriage, state-level bans on abortion, and other actions favored by the Catholic Church, the PRI and PRD opposition moved forward with a constitutional amendment that adds the word ‘secular’ to the definition of the state: “It is the will of the Mexican people to constitute themselves in a representative, democratic, secular, and federal Republic…” The measure passed the Commission on Constitutional Issues by a vote of 18-5, with all parties uniting against the PAN. The measure may go for a vote in the full Chamber this session. Since Mexico City passed a law decriminalizing early-stage abortion, 18 states have passed laws or constitutional amendments stating that life begins at conception. (Universal 2/4, 2/8)

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