El Salvador: Lawmakers must approve bill to decriminalize abortion

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El Salvador: Lawmakers must approve bill to decriminalize abortion
23 April 2018

El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly must seize the historic opportunity to decriminalize abortion before the current legislative cycle closes at the end of April, said Amnesty International today.

“Having wasted several opportunities to decriminalize abortion in recent weeks, El Salvador’s lawmakers must act now to pass this landmark reform, which would save the lives of countless women and girls,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International.

Continued: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/04/el-salvador-lawmakers-must-approve-bill-to-decriminalize-abortion/

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The unspeakable cruelty of El Salvador’s abortion laws

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The unspeakable cruelty of El Salvador's abortion laws
The Canadian Press
Lisa Kowalchuk, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Guelph

April 12, 2018

Around the world today we are seeing two opposite tendencies in abortion law reform.

In the Americas, the governments of Bolivia, Chile and Mexico City recently lifted total bans on abortion. Other jurisdictions such as Ohio, several states in Mexico and Poland have passed or attempted tighter restrictions.

Continued: http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/the-unspeakable-cruelty-of-el-salvadors-abortion-laws

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In El Salvador, a 20-Year-Old Faces Prison Time After Giving Birth to Her Stepfather’s Baby in a Latrine

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In El Salvador, a 20-Year-Old Faces Prison Time After Giving Birth to Her Stepfather’s Baby in a Latrine
Imelda Isabel Cortez Palacios is just one of dozens of women in El Salvador who have been imprisoned following birth complications or miscarriages. But her case has taken on greater significance because at the hospital, she informed health professionals that her stepfather had raped her repeatedly between the ages of 12 and 19.

Apr 11, 2018
Kathy Bougher

On April 17, 2017, Imelda Isabel Cortez Palacios, then 19, gave birth to a baby girl in the latrine at her family’s home in the small community of Jiquilisco, La Paz, El Salvador. Cortez says she did not know she was about to give birth; instead, she told her lawyer, in the latrine she “felt something come loose.” She screamed for help before she fainted and started to hemorrhage heavily.

Her mother took her to the local public hospital, where medical personnel determined she had given birth. Because there was no baby or fetus present, they notified police. At the home, the baby was rescued from the latrine without any injuries.

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2018/04/11/el-salvador-20-year-old-faces-prison-time-giving-birth-stepfathers-baby-latrine/

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El Salvador – They Were Jailed for Miscarriages. Now, Campaign Aims to End Abortion Ban.

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They Were Jailed for Miscarriages. Now, Campaign Aims to End Abortion Ban.

By ELISABETH MALKIN
APRIL 9, 2018

SAN SALVADOR — When Teodora del Carmen Vásquez walked out of the Ilopango women’s prison a few weeks ago, she embraced her parents, her teenage son — and a movement to change an anti-abortion law that stole more than a decade of her life.

In El Salvador, where a total ban on abortion leads to an immediate suspicion of women whose pregnancies do not end with a healthy baby, Ms. Vásquez was marked as a criminal after she began bleeding and suffered a stillbirth. Sentenced to 30 years for aggravated homicide, she was released only after the Supreme Court ruled that there was not enough evidence to show she had killed her baby.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/09/world/americas/el-salvador-abortion.html

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Abortion and Human Rights in El Salvador

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Abortion and Human Rights in El Salvador

José Miguel Vivanco
Executive Director, Americas Division @JMVivancoHRW
April 3, 2018

Last August, I had the opportunity to testify before the Constitutional Tribunal in Chile, my home country, in support of a landmark law that decriminalized abortion in three circumstances. In my testimony before the court, I spoke about how Chile’s total abortion ban, in effect for 28 years, undermined women’s fundamental human rights.

I later was in the packed courtroom to hear arguments from other expert witnesses. Many people have strong, deeply held views on abortion. But the main question before the court was whether Chile’s constitutional protection for the embryo or fetus could be reconciled with allowing women to terminate their pregnancies in certain circumstances—for example, when the life of the woman or girl is at risk, or when the pregnancy resulted from rape. This question is a central part of the debate in El Salvador, where the constitution recognizes the right to life from conception, and the country bans abortion in all circumstances.

Continued: https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/04/03/abortion-and-human-rights-el-salvador

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‘It’s time-critical’: the race to overturn abortion ban in El Salvador

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'It's time-critical': the race to overturn abortion ban in El Salvador
Efforts to legalise abortion for first time since 1998 hinge on pushing through changes before conservative legislators take office in May

Teresa Welsh in San Salvador
Tue 3 Apr 2018

Moves to overturn El Salvador’s ban on abortion could be thwarted unless lawmakers work quickly to push through changes before a more conservative group assumes office in May.

Abortion is banned in all circumstances in El Salvador, and women accused of undergoing the procedure can be charged with aggravated homicide and sentenced to up to 50 years in jail. However, a bill proposed last August would legalise abortion in some cases.

continued: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/apr/03/lawmakers-el-salvador-race-to-overturn-abortion-ban

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Abortion laws are not ‘pro life’ when they ignore women

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Abortion laws are not ‘pro life’ when they ignore women
Inhuman cases, especially in Latin America, expose the vacuity of claims that they are there for protection

Kenan Malik
Sun 25 Mar 2018

We don’t know her name. She was aged 14 and her rape had led to a pregnancy. Under Paraguay’s savage abortion laws she was denied a termination and died in childbirth. “Her body was not ready for a pregnancy,” said Hernán Martínez, director of the National Hospital of Itauguá.

In Paraguay, as in many Latin American countries, abortion is permitted only when the life of the woman is threatened (and, as this case shows, the threat to the life of a 14-year-old in childbirth doesn’t count). Three years ago, a 10-year-old girl who became pregnant after her stepfather allegedly raped her was refused an abortion.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/25/abortion-womens-rights-latin-america

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Heated abortion debate greets El Salvador woman released after 15 years in prison over miscarriage

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Heated abortion debate greets El Salvador woman released after 15 years in prison over miscarriage

Jo Tuckman, Mexico City
14 March 2018

The release of a Salvadoran woman who spent 15 years in prison for murder after a miscarriage late in to her pregnancy has sparked a new round of heated debate about El Salvador’s extreme anti-abortion laws.

Maira Figueroa was working as a domestic servant when she started hemorrhaging nine months into her pregnancy, which was the result of rape. After being taken to hospital she soon found herself handcuffed to her bed and accused of killing her baby.

Continued: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/03/14/heated-abortion-debate-greets-el-salvador-woman-released-15/

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Salvadoran Woman, One of ‘Las 17,’ Freed After Spending 15 Years Behind Bars Following a Miscarriage

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Salvadoran Woman, One of ‘Las 17,’ Freed After Spending 15 Years Behind Bars Following a Miscarriage
"I'm so happy to be free and with my family. We need to keep fighting so all the other women can be freed, too," Maira Verónica Figueroa Marroquin told Rewire.News on Wednesday.

Mar 14, 2018
Kathy Bougher

Maira Verónica Figueroa Marroquín, who was convicted of aggravated homicide after a miscarriage in 2003, was freed from prison in El Salvador on Tuesday after her 30-year sentence was commuted to 15 years. Figueroa is one of the “Las 17,” a group of Salvadoran women imprisoned following obstetric emergencies with sentences of up to 40 years.

“I’m so happy to be free and with my family. We need to keep fighting so all the other women can be freed, too,” Figueroa told Rewire.News on Wednesday.

Continued: https://rewire.news/article/2018/03/14/salvadoran-woman-one-las-17-freed-spending-15-years-behind-bars-following-miscarriage/

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Salvadorean Lawmakers Have 6 Weeks to Legalize Abortion

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Salvadorean Lawmakers Have 6 Weeks to Legalize Abortion
An estimated 35,000 clandestine abortions take place in El Salvador every year.

Published 13 March 2018
by Geovanny Vicente Romero

In October 2016, the leftist government introduced a bill in Congress meant to amend the article 133 of the Penal Code, but conservative parties and anti-abortion organizations have opposed the initiative.

Legislator Lorena Peña, a member of the governing leftist FMLN, urged her counterparts on Monday to approve a bill meant to decriminalize and modify the full abortion ban before the conservative party ARENA takes over the government as a result of the elections carried out earlier this month.

Continued: https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Salvadorean-Lawmakers-Have-6-Weeks-to-Legalize-Abortion--20180313-0032.html

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