FRANCE – The Simone-de-Beauvoir Prize 2019 has gone to Salvadoran Sara García Gross, for her work for the right to abortion

FRANCE – The Simone-de-Beauvoir Prize 2019 has gone to Salvadoran Sara García Gross, for her work for the right to abortion

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Jan 11, 2019

Sara García Gross has been advocating for the right of women to decide what to do with their bodies for a decade now, in a country where the anti-abortion legislation is among the most restrictive in the world.

The award will be presented at the Maison de l’Amérique latine in Paris. It was created in 2008 on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Simone de Beauvoir in order to “help mobilise international solidarity, reaffirm the rights of women in the world, guarantee the protection of those who today struggle against the risk to women’s lives, and defend by their side the ideals of equality and peace”.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/france-the-simone-de-beauvoir-prize-2019-has-gone-to-salvadoran-sara-garcia-gross-for-her-work-for-the-right-to-abortion/

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Salvadoran Judges Reject Appeal in ‘Abortion’ Case

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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El Salvador Activists: ‘We’re Going To Fight’ For Hernandez

El Salvador Activists: 'We're Going To Fight' For Hernandez

Published 13 July 2017

Abortion is illegal in the country under any circumstances, even in cases of rape.

Activists in El Salvador say they won’t stop fighting for Evelyn Beatriz Hernandez Cruz, a teenage rape victim who has been sentenced to 30 years for murder after she reportedly had a stillbirth.

"That is an injustice and we're going to fight. We're going to appeal the case and also we are going to fight until the end," Sara Garcia, member of the Colectiva Feminista and Citizens Association for the Decriminalization of Abortion in El Salvador, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in an interview.

Continued at source: Telesur TV: http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/El-Salvador-Activists-Were-Going-To-Fight-For-Hernandez-20170713-0022.html

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El Salvador jails raped teenager for 30 years under murder laws after she said she suffered miscarriage

El Salvador jails raped teenager for 30 years under murder laws after she said she suffered miscarriage

Lawyers for the 19-year-old said she did not know she was pregnant

Andrew Buncombe, New York
Friday 7 July 2017

A teenager has been jailed for 30 years after suffering what her lawyers said was a miscarriage, after she was raped a year ago.

A court in El Salvador, a country that has perhaps the world’s most strict laws on reproductive rights, found that Evelyn Beatriz Hernández Cruz, 19, had killed her baby by throwing it into a latrine pit after she gave birth. It convicted her of aggravated homicide.

Continued at source: The Independent: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world-0/el-salvador-abortion-case-raped-woman-jailed-miscarriage-evelyn-beatriz-hern-ndez-cruz-prison-a7827891.html

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Support building for landmark move to overturn El Salvador’s anti-abortion law

Support building for landmark move to overturn El Salvador's anti-abortion law

Parliamentary bill proposing to loosen draconian restrictions on abortion finds favour after religious groups, doctors and others voice public support

Nina Lakhani in Mexico City

Thursday 23 March 2017

El Salvador’s controversial law banning abortion in all circumstances, which has provoked ruthless miscarriages of justice, could be overturned in what has been described as a historic move.

Momentum is building around a parliamentary bill proposing to allow abortion in cases of rape or human trafficking; when the foetus in unviable; or to protect the pregnant woman’s health or life.

Prominent church groups, doctors, lawyers and ethicists have generated a groundswell of public support after speaking out in favour of loosening restrictions in a series of public hearings and debates.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/mar/23/el-salvador-anti-abortion-law-overturn-support-building-landmark-move

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