Internet, Beaches and Abortion

The Distrito Federal, which many call Mexico
City to differentiate it from the Republic of Mexico and the State of Mexico, is the
bellwether for the rest of the country. Well, except for how it votes, but we’d
just rather not think about that. The D.F.’s got everything that New York City does and
more. On second thought, I’d really rather not think about how New York votes either.

Mexico City mayor Marcelo Ebrard has signed a contract with a Chinese company to offer
wireless Internet to all residents of this megalopolis. We’re talking about a
country that’s never been as Internet-hungry as its northern neighbor.

And if that’s not enough, Mexico City denizens
who can’t leave the Capital for someplace else can always frequent one of the
urban beaches
established this year and modeled after those in Paris and Rome and probably Queens.

If you have money to spend, don’t have time to fly off to El
Otro Lado, and need something wrapped in a signature blue box with a white bow,
there’s the new Tiffany boutique at El Palacio de Hierro.

But let’s talk about abortion now. Legislation is afloat in Mexico City and Congress
to legalize abortions up to the 14th week. Right now, abortion is
available only under very limited circumstances, e.g. rape, mortal danger to
the mother and incest. Obviously, this has the Catholic Church hitting the
panic button, and the faithful are rallying the troops. As Roe v. Wade is chipped away in the U.S.,
will Mexico’s
liberalized abortion laws change the social landscape?


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