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Mexico City – On the occasion of the national march in favor of women and human life to be held on Sunday October 3 in many cities of the country, promoted by many civil society organizations, the Bishops of Mexico have published some guidelines , congratulating “all the people of good will who have decided to participate in the march” and encouraging “those who have not yet done so, to prophetically join this expression of love for women and life”.
In the statement sent to Fides, signed by Msgr. Rogelio Cabrera Lopez, Archbishop of Monterrey, President of the Mexican Bishops’ Conference ; by Msgr. Jesús José Herrera Quiñonez, Bishop of Nuevo Casas Grandes and Responsible for the episcopal dimension of life, and by Msgr. Alfonso G. Miranda Guardiola, Auxiliary Bishop of Monterrey, Secretary General of CEM, it is emphasized that this is “a citizen march, open to all religious expressions, without any kind of political-party relationship or link, and takes place in the exercise of freedom of expression and respectful demonstration”.
The Bishops also reiterate that “the spirit that must animate the participants is that of the ‘culture of encounter’, promoted by the Holy Father Francis, based on love, dialogue and which demands an impeccable, peaceful, respectful and free behaviour from any form of violence “. “Faced with the false dilemma of discarding human life to protect women – they continue – the march will highlight the defense of women’s dignity and promote a common commitment to seek creative solutions to the various problems they face in many areas, in particular for those victims of violence, exploitation, discrimination or pregnant women in vulnerable situations. At the same time and with the same conviction, we will put forward the defense of the dignity of the unborn conceived human being and we will raise our voice in favor of his protection and defense by the State”. On September 6, the country’s Supreme Court of Justice ruled on the unconstitutionality of some articles of the Criminal Code of the State of Coahuila, concerning the criminalization of women who resort to abortion under certain conditions, of those who helped them and of staff health workers who assisted them. The Bishops of Mexico believe that “the problems faced by women and the legal status of the unborn child are a complex issue, with anthropological, scientific, philosophical and ethical importance that cannot be reduced to a resolution in a court of law”. Therefore, they consider it essential that “all social protagonists – outside a climate of ideological polarization and without clinging to political positions – commit themselves to a new and profound reflection that allows to find a common path towards a solution to a multidimensional and multifactorial problem such as this” .