Salvadoran Judges Reject Appeal in ‘Abortion’ Case

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Salvadoran Judges Reject Appeal in 'Abortion' Case

Published 16 December 2017
by Professor Jose Maria Sison
teleSUR Newsletter

A woman who has an abortion or a miscarriage can face up to 50 years in prison if she is charged with aggravated homicide.

Salvadoran citizen Teodora Vasquez, 37, has served ten years out of a total 30-year prison sentence after her miscarriage was ruled an "abortion" and was charged with aggravated murder.

Vasquez suffered a stillbirth in July 2007, during her ninth month of pregnancy. She called an ambulance after experiencing strong abdominal pain but fell unconscious due to the pain. When she woke up, she discovered that her baby had died. Police accused her of inducing a miscarriage.

Continued at source: https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Salvadoran-Judges-Reject-Appeal-in-Abortion-Case--20171216-0001.html

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U.N. appalled at 30-year sentence for woman under El Salvador abortion law

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U.N. appalled at 30-year sentence for woman under El Salvador abortion law

December 15, 2017
Reuters Staff

GENEVA (Reuters) - A 30-year prison sentence for a woman in El Salvador who said her child was stillborn is appalling, U.N. human rights spokeswoman Liz Throssell said on Friday.

The Second Court of Appeal of San Salvador on Wednesday upheld the sentence for Teodora Vasquez, who was convicted in 2008 of aggravated homicide in the death of her child the previous year.

Prosecutors said Vasquez strangled the baby after birth. Her lawyers said she suffered health complications and the baby was stillborn.

Continued at source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-elsalvador-abortion/un-appalled-at-30-year-sentence-for-woman-under-el-salvador-abortion-law-idUSKBN1E91T1

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Dominican Feminists Mobilize Against Criminalization of Abortion

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Dominican Feminists Mobilize Against Criminalization of Abortion

Published 14 December 2017
by Professor Jose Maria Sison

The Dominican Republic has one of Latin America's highest rates of maternal mortality, with 106 deaths for every 100,000 births.

The Investigation Center for Feminine Action (CIPAF) in the Dominican Republic is calling for public support for its bid to legalize abortion when a mother's life is at risk, when a fetus is deformed, or when a pregnancy is caused by rape.

The CIPAF's demands have been heard by lawmaker Magda Rodriguez, head of the legislative commission on gender equality, and representatives of the Women Ministry, who have previously "showed interest" in the campaign.

Continued at source: https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Dominican-Feminists-Mobilize-Against-Criminalization-of-Abortion-20171214-0031.html

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Brazil: Reject Abortion Ban

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Brazil: Reject Abortion Ban
Constitutional Amendment Would Endanger Women, Girls; Violate Rights

December 12, 2017

(São Paulo) – Brazilian lawmakers should reject a dangerous constitutional amendment that would prohibit abortion in all circumstances, Human Rights Watch said today. The proposed amendment would ban abortion even for pregnancies resulting from rape, or when the life of the woman is in danger.

The proposed abortion ban is part of a constitutional amendment being considered on December 12, 2017, by a special congressional committee of Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies. The committee approved the amendment in November, in a controversial vote, with 18 men voting yes and 1 woman voting no.

Continued at source: https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/12/12/brazil-reject-abortion-ban

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Latin Organizations unite creativity and innovation for health and reproductive rights in Latin America

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Latin Organizations unite creativity and innovation for health and reproductive rights in Latin America

12th December, 2017

The digital gadgets such as social networks, applications and more have helped bring people to all kinds of information and helped communicate in various ways no matter the distance. However, bringing Women in Latin America closer to these technologies by talking about safe abortion and reproductive rights has been a challenge.

For this reason, safe2choose took part of the IDEA initiative, the first forum on Innovation for Reproductive Rights in Latin America. On November 2017, we embarked to Quito, Ecuador, where we met creative and innovative teams from all over the region. What united us was the use of the latest, most advanced technological gadgets for sexual and reproductive health.

Continued at source: https://safe2choose.org/innovation-reproductive-rights/

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Salvadoran woman jailed for ‘abortion’ pleads for freedom

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Salvadoran woman jailed for 'abortion' pleads for freedom
Carlos Mario Marquez, Agence France-Presse

Posted at Dec 09 2017

SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR - A Salvadoran woman jailed for 30 years for a miscarriage deemed to be an illegal abortion on Friday pleaded for her freedom before a court revising her sentence.

"I am paying for a crime I didn't commit," Teodora Vasquez, 34, told the tribunal in San Salvador.

Judges hearing the matter adjourned the hearing until next Wednesday.

Continued at source: http://news.abs-cbn.com/overseas/12/09/17/salvadoran-woman-jailed-for-abortion-pleads-for-freedom

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UN Calls on El Salvador to Stop Jailing Women for Abortion

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UN Calls on El Salvador to Stop Jailing Women for Abortion
November 17, 2017

SAN SALVADOR —
El Salvador should apply a moratorium on laws that punish women with harsh jail terms for having an abortion while it reviews cases of those already incarcerated in the socially conservative Central American country, a top U.N. official said Friday.

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a statement he spent part of his two-day trip meeting with women imprisoned for the crime of "aggravated homicide" due to what he described as obstetric emergencies.

Continued at source: https://www.voanews.com/a/un-calls-on-el-salvador-to-stop-jailing-women-for-abortion-/4122213.html

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Jamaica: Support young parliamentarians’ call for abortion law review

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Support young parliamentarians' call for abortion law review

BY Glenroy Murray
Thursday, November 09, 2017

It is not everyday that we find parliamentarians across both parties in agreement about the need to address a legislative issue. Despite its controversial nature, especially given the propensity of extremist elements within the Church, the issue of abortion is being viewed through bipartisan lens, and rightly so. We should commend the bold parliamentarians, who are all relatively young, for stepping forward and highlighting how our antiquated abortion laws are a blockade to progress as we strive to achieve Vision 2030.

Dr Christopher Tufton, Dr Dayton Campbell, Alando Terrelonge, and Lisa Hanna have all raised the need to review our abortion laws for a multiplicity of reasons.

Continued at source: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/opinion/support-young-parliamentarians-8217-call-for-abortion-law-review_116498?profile=1096

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Mexico baby death trial reveals growing persecution of women who miscarry

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Mexico baby death trial reveals growing persecution of women who miscarry

Dafne McPherson was convicted of murder after her baby died during childbirth – part of a growing trend to criminalise women in conservative parts of the country

David Agren
Wednesday 8 November 2017

The day that Dafne McPherson’s life came apart began like any other: she dropped her seven-year-old daughter Lia at school, then started her shift in the children’s clothing section of the Liverpool department store in the central Mexican city of San Juan del Río.

At around 5pm, she felt a sharp abdominal cramp and spoke to the store nurse, who told her nothing was amiss. But shortly afterwards, in the second-floor bathroom, McPherson went into labour. She says she hadn’t even realised that she was pregnant.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/08/mexico-miscarriage-trial-perscution-women-abortion

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Does it Matter if Abortion Is Legal?

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Does it Matter if Abortion Is Legal?
A new book warns that even with Roe v. Wade intact, the procedure is still effectively banned in some places.

By Rebecca Grant
November 8, 2017

In 2013, 22-year old Beatriz Garcia found herself in the middle of the global abortion debate, a symbol and a lightning rod for what happens when a woman who lives in a country with a total abortion ban faces a life-threatening pregnancy.
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Michelle Oberman, a professor at Santa Clara University School of Law, opens her new book Her Body, Our Laws: On the Front Lines of the Abortion Wars, From El Salvador to Oklahoma, with Beatriz’s story. The case gives grounding to this ambitious book, which looks at the effects of abortion restrictions in Latin America and the United States. Oberman has spent her career studying the murky ethical waters of pregnancy and motherhood. She’s done research about pregnant women who abuse drugs and written two books about mothers who have killed their children. Her mission with this book is not to argue whether or not abortion should be legal, but to interrogate the impact of laws that restrict it.

Continued at source: https://newrepublic.com/article/145700/matter-abortion-legal

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