With all eyes on a caravan of several thousand Central American migrants trekking through Mexico toward the U.S. border this week, it was perhaps easy to miss another massive march that unfolded in Mexico just a few days ago.
An estimated hundreds of thousands of Mexicans marched in cities across the country on Oct. 20 for an annual March for Life organized by the National Front for the Family. Abortion is illegal in most cases in most Mexican states, though it’s legal in Mexico City up to 12 weeks of pregnancy.
But the pro-life march last Saturday wasn’t an echo chamber to confirm the beliefs of a pro-life country: It was also at least partly a concern over Mexico’s new president, slated to take office on Dec. 1.
In July, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (often known by the acronym AMLO) won the Mexican presidency a landslide, touting an unabashedly leftist platform.
But when it comes to social issues, AMLO’s beliefs are less clear. He barely mentioned the subject during his candidacy, and he demurred at one point by saying both gay marriage and abortion should be put to a national vote.
In the meantime, his own political party made alliances with several smaller parties, including a group known for its socialist goals and a separate party known for its socially conservative ideals. When it comes to the new president, many supporters and activists wondered: Which is it?
The answer may be a little bit of both: It seems unlikely the new president would quickly press for expanding abortion in a nation where the practice is illegal in so many states. But he’s likely to face pressure in the progressive capital city to liberalize abortion and support gay marriage.
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SOURCE: WORLD Magazine, Jamie Dean