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This week Veracruz, Mexico became the 17th state in Mexico to write into legislation that life begins at conception. Now over half of the nation’s 32 states have written similar restrictions on abortion into their constitutions and lawmakers in Veracruz have adopted a measure to require congress to consider a similar amendment to the nation’s constitution.

After Mexico City legalized abortion last year for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, most states responded by writing protections against abortion into their constitution. Now that the majority of states have shown a consensus on the issue, it is moving to the federal level.

Due to the current composition of Congress, most seem confident the abortion ban will pass. The new amendment would most likely include exceptions for cases of rape, congenital deformity, and threat to the mother’s life—exceptions already included in most of state constitutions. For more information you can read the full AP article here.

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