MARIA Abortion Fund for Social Justice
For the last 80 years abortion throughout most of Mexico has been highly restricted to only a handful of indications such as in case of rape, if the life or health of the woman is at risk or for fetal malformations. Even today, most states do not have procedures or protocols for providing abortion care to women within the existing indications. In 2007, Mexico City became the exception by decriminalizing abortion up to 12 weeks of gestation.
Abortion in most Mexican states is a matter of social justice since wealthy women can pay for private providers or travel to Mexico City or outside of the country while poor women are forced to risk their health and lives in back-alley abortions. The MARIA Abortion Fund for Social Justice was founded in order to help precisely these women.