Official figures show more than 9,000 clandestine abortions occur in Oaxaca every year [Jose Luis Plata/Reuters]

The southern Mexican state of Oaxaca has decriminalised abortion, making it the second jurisdiction in the country to allow terminations for women who are up to 12 weeks pregnant. 

The state legislature passed the bill with 24 votes in favour and 10 against on Wednesday. 

Campaigners on both sides of the debate took to the streets outside the congressional building during the contentious vote.

Some wore green scarves to show their support for legal abortion and carried banners that read: “the debate is not abortion or not abortion, but a legal or clandestine one”. 

Counter-protesters demanded legislators “defend life, God and the commandments”.

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