Candidate Xóchitl Gálvez promises to support the right to abortion and the LGBTI community

Candidate Xóchitl Gálvez promises to support the right to abortion and the LGBTI community

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The presidential candidate of the Mexican opposition, Xóchitl Gálvez, assured this Tuesday that she will defend women who decide to terminate their pregnancies, as well as the rights of the LGBTI community, during a meeting with students from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM).

“It seems important to me that the (Supreme) Court ruled on the issue of legal interruption of pregnancy, and of course I am a woman of freedom and, in that sense, I will support women who make the decision to terminate their pregnancy and also to women who make the decision to have their children,” said Gálvez.

The former senator of the conservative National Action Party (PAN) referred to the ruling of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN), which last September eliminated abortion from the Federal Penal Code.

Questioned by ITAM students about the ideological stance of the parties she champions, which have been against abortion and the rights of the LGBTI community, the presidential candidate defended that, as a senator of the PAN (2018-2023), she had a difference with his party over the ban on conversion therapies, also known as Ecosig (Efforts to Correct Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity).

“I voted in favor of banning these therapies because it seems more important to me that the human right of any person not to be subjected to any type of therapy“, held.

“I am a woman who respects the law and in my conviction of supporting its full recognition of the rights of the LGBTIQ+ community, there is no step back,” added the candidate of the PAN and the Institutional Revolutionary Parties (PRI) and the Democratic Revolution (PRD).

Xóchitl Gálvez at ITAM. (THE UNIVERSAL)

In addition, he promised to work on “public policies to strengthen all rights,” without giving more details.

On the other hand, Gálvez assured that the climate crisis will be central to his agenda, so will promote a circular economy that prioritizes renewable energy and wastewater treatment.

“The industry must be forced to treat the water, and if it doesn’t, the law must be applied. My hand doesn’t shake,” he said.

Regarding public finances, the candidate said that she will stop spending “on stupid things”, as, according to her, the current Government has done with the Mayan Train in the southeast of the country and the Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA), that could be canceled to invest in the Mexico City International Airport (AICM).

Gálvez, second in the polls, competes against the official and leading candidate, Claudia Sheinbaum, of the Let’s Keep Making History coalition, and Jorge Álvarez Máynez, of the Citizen Movement party (MC), who remains in third place in the preferences, two months of the June 2 elections.

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