Face to Face in the Metro
Tochtli Garcia, Public Affairs Associate
This month, Guttmacher Institute released an in-depth study on the relationship between unintended pregnancy and abortion rates in Mexico. Five years ago, abortion became legal in Mexico City, and our local partner, Mexfam, has played a critical role in providing high-quality abortion services. Despite their efforts, unsafe abortion remains a serious public health issue, so they launched a campaign last year to disseminate information to young women in the Mexico City metro.
Although the legislation in Mexico City permits abortion, women frequently face difficulties accessing the service due to stigma and a lack of accurate information. Mexfam's campaign, which is called Face to Face, is designed to dispel myths about abortion by having trained health promoters talk with commuters in the metro stations while they await their train's arrival. The metro stations are the perfect place to reach people who live all over the city with information about sexual and reproductive health and where they can obtain services.
Mexfam's health promoters focus their efforts in the busiest stations and work during the morning and evening commutes when ridership is at its peak. They give out more than a thousand brochures every day
An estimated one million abortions take place in Mexico every year, and since abortion is highly restricted throughout the country—with the exception of the Federal District of Mexico City—most of these procedures are done clandestinely, which puts women’s health and lives at risk. Mexfam is working to ensure all women have access to the sexual and reproductive health information and services they need to make their own decisions.