Activists and Amnesty International officials carried green handkerchieves, which represent the feminist fight for abortion legalization in Latin America, known as the green wave.
The President of Amnesty International Mexico, Marcela Villalobos, called the U.S. Supreme Court abortion ban a ‘worrying step back’ not just for the U.S. but for the whole region.
“It is a message sent to women saying: ‘You don’t decide over your bodies.’ These sexual and reproductive rights for which so many women and social movements have fought for years and decades… This takes us back half a century,” she said.
On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, a decision condemned by President Joe Biden that will dramatically change the lives of millions of women in the United States and exacerbate growing tensions in a deeply polarised country.
In Mexico, abortion is legal in nine states.
In September last year, Mexico’s Supreme Court unanimously ruled it unconstitutional to penalize abortions, a major victory for advocates of women’s health and human rights.