In Quintana Roo, Mexico, Marie Stopes International opened an abortion clinic on November 23, causing anxiety among leaders by providing what has been known as “death tourism.”
According to the information available on its website, the Marie Stopes network of clinics has been present in Mexico since 1999. Currently, the institution operates in the states of Coahuila, Quintana Roo, Mexico City, Chiapas, Colima, Guerrero , Hidalgo, Oaxaca, Sinaloa, Veracruz, Baja California Norte, and Baja California Sur.
Alison González, who holds the position of operations manager at the pro-life platform ConParticipación and is the national coordinator of Un Día Por Todos, expressed her concern about what has become known as “death tourism.”
According to data provided by the Ministry of Tourism of the Government of Mexico, it was announced that, during the first eight months of the year, Cancún was the destination chosen by 46.6% of the 14.88 million international visitors who came to the country.
González raised the possibility that they were establishing abortion clinics in tourist places like Cancún, as an alternative for American women. This suggestion becomes relevant, especially after the reversal of the Roe v. Wade, which previously allowed abortion in the United States.
Likewise, Alison warned: “It is easy to imagine that Cancún could be an ‘ideal place’ to receive American women where, for a cost similar to what they would pay to travel to another state in the United States, they can travel to Cancún, romanticizing a “A terrible fact like an abortion procedure is.”
González also pointed out that, if his approach is successful, there is the possibility of extending it to other states and cities in Mexico….
“The idea of paying a few hundred dollars for a round trip flight, a few days of lodging in an all-inclusive hotel and also the procedure to have the abortion is extremely attractive,” González added.
Aarón Lara Sánchez, who leads the Citizen Initiative for Life and Family, highlighted the link between the practice of abortion and the sexual tourism industry, describing it as a “multimillion-dollar business.” ».
Finally, she regrets that “if only a percentage of that amount could be channeled to care for vulnerable women or to true sexual education, we could see substantial changes in society.”