The feminist movement and the development of political discourse on voluntary motherhood in Mexico

The feminist contribution to the defence of reproductive and sexual rights in Mexico has been based on two elements: activist campaigns and public discourses. In this paper I analyse the ways in which political contexts have affected how the feminist discourse on abortion has developed and argue that the effective defence of reproductive and sexual rights depends on further discursive work. We in the feminist movement in Mexico must reformulate and articulate shared values that oblige other sectors to join in the defence of these rights within the context of the development of democracy.1 This requires patient translation of old principles into new concepts and the integration of reproductive and sexual rights into the definition of modern citizenship.