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A woman takes part during a demonstration by feminist group Marea Verde to demand the decriminalization of abortion in Mexico. Photo: Rodolfo Flores/Eyepix Group/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Mexico's supreme court on Tuesday declared that it is unconstitutional to penalize abortion, with magistrates voting unanimously to decriminalize the procedure in the country.

Why it matters: Mexico — now the fifth Latin American country to decriminalize abortion — is now the most populous country in the region to allow the practice, the Washington Post reports. The country has the world's second-largest Catholic population, after Brazil.

  • Eight of the 11 court judges had already expressed support for decriminalization in arguments leading up to the final decision.

State of play: The court ordered the northern state of Coahuila to remove penalties for abortion from its criminal code, setting a path for nationwide decriminalization.

Of note: Mexico City, Oaxaca, Veracruz and Hidalgo were the only states in the country where abortions were decriminalized.

The big picture: Abortion is still illegal in most of Latin America. Mexico is now the fifth Latin American country to decriminalize it, following Argentina, Cuba, Guayana and Uruguay.

By the numbers: More than 1 million abortions are performed in Mexico each year, per the Guttmacher Institute.

  • Most of these abortions occur in clandestine and unsafe conditions "due to profound stigma against the procedure, lack of trained providers, lack of knowledge of where to find a safe abortion and poor knowledge of the laws," Guttmacher writes.

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The Department of Homeland Security said late Thursday that it is prepared to reinstate former President Trump's "Remain-in-Mexico" policy in mid-November.

Driving the news: The Supreme Court in August upheld a lower court's decision ordering the administration to reimplement the policy formally called the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program, which requires asylum seekers at the southern border to wait in Mexico while their claims are processed in U.S. courts.

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Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe has sworn off money from the Richmond company Dominion Energy. But the utility has found more subtle ways to back McAuliffe's gubernatorial bid, records show.

Driving the news: Dominion's political action committee has donated $200,000 to a murky political group called Accountability Virginia PAC, which has been running ads attacking Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin.