Fourth state in Mexico legalizes abortion, up to 12 weeks

Mexico’s Gulf coast state of Veracruz has become the fourth of the country’s 32 states to legalize abortion

MEXICO CITY -- Mexico’s Gulf coast state of Veracruz became the fourth of the country’s 32 states to legalize abortion Tuesday.

The Veracruz state legislature voted 25-13 to allow abortions in the first 12 weeks of a pregnancy.

Those who perform abortions on women after the first three months can be punished by 15 to 60 days in prison, which can be substituted by a fine and 50 to 100 of community work.

Mexico City, Hidalgo and Oaxaca have also legalized abortion. Laws in other states vary, but all allow abortions in cases of rape.

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