MEXICO CITY (AP) — The auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Mexico said Wednesday that legislators who vote in favor of a proposed bill to legalize abortion in Mexico City would automatically be excommunicated when the first procedure was performed under the law.
Bishop Marcelino Hernandez said that, rather than any specific canonical procedure, that lawmakers who back the bill would automatically separate themselves from the church.
"The person excommunicates himself, it’s not that the Church goes around with a rod, looking for people who make mistakes, in order to hit them on the head," Hernandez told reporters when speaking of an expected vote in April by Mexico City lawmakers on a proposal to legalize abortion during the first three months of pregnancy.
Hernandez repeated the Roman Catholic Church’s traditional opposition to abortion, on the same day that representatives of Orthodox and some evangelical Protestant churches issued a joint press statement opposing legalized abortion in Mexico.
I wish this was actually the case, but Canon 1398 in no way can be interpreted to support this and has been interpreted to only include those directly involved in the abortion and not generically to those who support or directly vote for abortion.
A person who actually procures an abortion incurs a latae sententiae excommunication.