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Congress in Mexico seeks to raise the right to care for people with disabilities and extreme poverty to constitutional status

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The Chamber of Deputies plans to reform the Constitution in its articles 4 and 73 on November 4, to force the State to recognize the human right to care for people such as children and mainly older adults, people with disabilities and in extreme poverty.

The initiative was promoted by the deputy Lorena Villavicencio Ayala —with the support of El Colegio de México, the INCIDE organization and others from the civil sector— to which other legislators later added. The initiative proposes that the State ensure seven principles for the care of people: equity, interculturality, substantive equality, gender perspective, accessibility, intergenerational perspective, sustainability and co-responsibility of the authorities.

The minute proposes adding to the fourth article of the Constitution the paragraph that stipulates that “everyone has the right to decent care, understood as the set of activities, relationships and processes that vitally sustain people throughout their life cycle and they provide the material and symbolic elements to live in society. The guarantee of the right to care compromises both its economic, social, political, cultural and psychological dimension. The law will establish the necessary instruments and resources in order to achieve this objective, such as the implementation of the National Public Care System ”.

She stressed that to make effective the right of citizens to care, the next step to be discussed is the creation of a National System of Care, where it will be necessary to see how to preserve the dignified life of people, not only that of the sick and disabled , but also that of children and older adults.

In this sense, the deputy stated that an analysis must be made of what is the budget that is available within the same institutions and how much more would be needed for the System.

She clarified that it is not proposed to create new institutions, but to adapt those already established and give them a different approach to generate public policies that are different.

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