Mexican Elections Are Proclaimed As Democratic Victory But Women's Rights Are Endangered
Although Vicente Fox Quesada's presidential victory on July 2nd has been seen as an advancement for democracy, he has failed to clearly outline a position promoting women's rights in his policy priorities. Fox, whose campaign was heavily funded by the Catholic Church, has vocally opposed abortion and gay and lesbian rights. Fox's conservative stance on these issues will further threaten women's reproductive rights and prevent the chances of legislation passing to grant women in Mexico rights over their bodies including full access to abortion. Abortion continues to be illegal in Mexico, and lesbians and gays are still popular targets of hate crimes and persecution.
Media Resources: Washington Post and New York Times, 5 July 2000