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Legal termination of pregnancy: requests for advice soared in CDMX in the last two

Counseling for the legal termination of pregnancy increased during quarantine (Photo: Getty Images)
Counseling for the legal termination of pregnancy increased during quarantine (Photo: Getty Images)

The non-governmental organization Green tide disclosed who recorded an increase in consulting it provides for the legal termination of pregnancy in the last two months, which went from four to 80 a day in Mexico City.

Renata Villareal, spokeswoman for Marea Verde, mentioned for Millennium that in the last 10 weeks various problems have arisen to carry out said procedure.

Requests for legal abortion advice via their social networks, commented that they increased "exponentially, from four to 80", which it must represent a focus of attention for citizens.

According to data from the Ministry of Health of Mexico City There are 13 clinics where this service is provided free of charge, but in the face of a health emergency, the process is only carried out in the Inguarán Maternal and Child Hospital and the Dr. Nicolás M. Cedillo Maternal and Child Hospital.

77% of pregnancy termination procedures were performed with medication (Photo: Reuters / Phil Noble)
77% of pregnancy termination procedures were performed with medication (Photo: Reuters / Phil Noble)

In a procedure that is also performed at the Marie Stopes or ProFem clinics and the Average cost is 2,969 pesos.

Given the priority of care for patients with coronavirus in the country, Ipas, an international non-profit organization that works to expand access to safe abortion, said in a press release that it is a service that must be identified as essential among health services, “Considering that it is sensitive to time due to gestational limits. It is safer the earlier it is done. ”

According to the Legal Termination of Pregnancy Information, of the April 2007 to September 2019, in the country's capital a total of 216,755 cases, of which the 77% was done with medications, 21% by aspiration and the rest was by instrumented uterine curettage.

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The women who opted for this process are mostly residents of Mexico City, the States of Mexico and Puebla. The highest proportion of patients are between 18 and 24 years old, with 46 percent.

There are 216,755 women who legally aborted in Mexico City from April 2007 to 2019 (Photo: Screenshot)
There are 216,755 women who legally aborted in Mexico City from April 2007 to 2019 (Photo: Screenshot)

Meanwhile, four out of ten patients had between 1 and 3 children. It should be noted that the legal irruption of pregnancy service in public clinics is until 12 weeks gestation, almost three in 10 were under four weeks old.

Domestic violence

In March, 20,232 previous inquiries and investigation files were reported related to cases of domestic violence, according to the report of the Executive Secretariat of the National System of Public Security (SESNSP).

When reviewing the data reported month by month in the Criminal Incidence of Common Jurisdiction report from 2015 to 2020, what was recorded in March 2020 meant the highest number reported in the previous five years, With which it surpassed what happened in May 2019, with 19,573 cases.

One of the concerns for the organizations Marea Verde and Las Constituyentes CDMX is being able to provide support to women who are victims of domestic violence and are unable to terminate their pregnancy, either because of fear of retaliation by the pajera or because they are lives in confinement and cannot buy medicines to carry out this procedure.

Renata Villareal indicated that it is important to make visible the problem of gender violence, since many women, being in confinement, will be forced to continue with the pregnancy, even if they want to interrupt it.

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Cases of family violence reported in the first three months of this year (Source: National Public Security System)
Cases of family violence reported in the first three months of this year (Source: National Public Security System)

"Not only are contraceptive methods not being seen, but all women, adolescents and girls who experience sexual abuse within their homes, a wave of awesome unwanted pregnancies is coming"He pointed out for Millennium.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) reported that 47 million women in 114 low- and middle-income nations will not have access to contraceptive use as a result of the confinement and suspension of health services and predicts 7 million unwanted pregnancies.

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