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World Congress of Families Reacts to Mexico City's Unconstitutional Abortion Law

Contact: Larry Jacobs, World Congress of Families, 815-964-5819, 513-515-3685 cell


MEDIA ADVISORY, May 8 /Christian Newswire/ -- World Congress of Families International Secretary Allan Carlson expressed "dismay" over a move by Mexico City to legalize abortion during the first trimester.


"In reality, Mexico City has legalized abortion in the entire country," Carlson observed. "If the law goes into effect, women anywhere in Mexico can come to the capital for an abortion – hence, de facto, countrywide legalized abortion. This notwithstanding that Mexico's constitution requires the state to defend human life 'from conception to its natural end.'"


Said Carlson: "The leftists who control Mexico City's assembly are trying to force their will on every Mexican." Polls show seven in ten Mexicans oppose abortion on demand.


Mexico's College of Catholic Lawyers plans to complain to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (part of the Organization of American States) about this gross violation of both human rights and democracy.


Currently the only Latin American states which permit abortion on demand are communist Cuba, Guyana and the U.S. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.


Mexico's City's assembly has also legalized homosexual civil unions and is pushing for legalization of euthanasia. "Clearly, the City's government is under the misimpression that it is the Mexican Congress," Carlson commented.


World Congress of Families III was held in Mexico City's Banamex Convention Center in 2004. Mexico will also send the third largest delegation to World Congress of Families IV, which convenes in Warsaw, May 11-13.


World Congress of Families is committed to upholding the sanctity of human life, "from conception to natural death."


For more information on World Congress of Families IV, which convenes in just 3 days, go to www.worldcongress.org.


To schedule an interview with Allan Carlson, contact Larry Jacobs at 1-800-461-3113


The World Congress of Families (WCF) is an international network of pro-family organizations, scholars, and leaders that seeks to restore the natural family as the fundamental social unit and the 'seedbed' of civil society.  The WCF was founded in 1997 by Allan Carlson, president of The Howard Center.  To date, there have been three World Congresses of Families – Prague (1997), Geneva (1999) and Mexico City (2004). WCF IV will be in Warsaw, Poland, May 11-13, 2007.


The Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society located in Rockford, Illinois is an independent, non-profit research and education center that strives to be the leading source of fresh ideas and new strategies for affirmation and defense of the natural family, both nationally and globally.  The Howard Center is also the organizer of the World Congress of Families project which unites people of goodwill who recognize that the family is the fundamental unit of society and coordinates the efforts of pro-family groups from more than 60 countries worldwide.