Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Paredes keeps deafening silence on abortion issue

In 2012, Mexico City will elect a new mayor. They deserve someone with far more guts than Beatriz Paredes Rangel, likely PRI candidate: While the Supreme Court is undertaking a revision of extremist legislation on abortion enacted in two of Mexico's states, Paredes - former PRI leader, and someone who claims a "center-left" political orientation, refuses to even state her position on abortion, and the Supreme Court's upcoming decision. To recall, the legislation removes any right for women to choose to have an abortion, even in cases of rape, and declares that life begins at "conception."

Yet Paredes won't say anything at all about what she thinks about this legislation, virulently hostile to women, which was introduced in half of Mexico's state with the backing of her party when she was its national president.

This is political cowardice, pure and simple - and not worthy of a political leader

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