The 11-year-old Argentine girl is not alone. Latin America’s abortion laws are a form of torture.
By Erika Guevara-Rosas, Amnesty International
March 5, 2019
When two gynecologists performed an emergency Caesarean section on an 11-year-old rape survivor at the Eva Perón public hospital in Tucumán, Argentina, last week, they saved the girl from a potentially fatal situation authorities should never have put her in — one that is all too common across Latin America.
The girl was reportedly raped by her grandmother’s partner and admitted to a hospital in January after discovering that she was 19 weeks pregnant. She and her mother promptly requested an abortion, which is legal in Argentina in cases of rape or when the woman or girl’s life or health is in danger. But the authorities repeatedly refused to practice an abortion, using a range of delay tactics for almost five weeks to effectively force her into carrying the pregnancy to term against her and her mother’s will.
We know what it looks like when abortion is illegal. Just look at these countries.
Making abortion illegal doesn't mean people stop seeking abortion.
Jul 5, 2018
With news of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s imminent retirement from the Supreme Court and the likely appointment of a justice who will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, abortion could soon be illegal in large parts of the country.
Women and gender minorities would no longer have the right to choose when to have a child — that’s a given, no matter how one thinks of it. We already know what that looks like, since it’s a reality in many other countries.
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
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.
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.
El Salvador Frees Woman Imprisoned Under Anti-Abortion Laws
Feb. 15, 2018
SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - An El Salvadoran woman, serving a 30-year prison term for allegedly aborting her child, was freed on Thursday after the country's Supreme Court reduced her sentence.
Since 1997, El Salvador has had one of the world's most severe laws against women who have had abortions or those who are suspected of assisting others with abortions.
Prosecutors maintain that Teodora Vasquez, a 34-year-old chef, strangled her baby after it was born in 2007. Her lawyers said she had health complications and had suffered a stillbirth.
El Salvador frees woman imprisoned over 'stillbirth'
15 Feb 2018
A woman in El Salvador serving a 30-year prison term for allegedly aborting her child has been released after the country's Supreme Court reduced her sentence.
Teodora del Carmen Vasquez was convicted in 2008 of aggravated homicide, after being charged under a strict abortion law prohibiting abortion or miscarriages.
El Salvador Frees Woman Imprisoned for Decade Under Abortion Ban
By ELISABETH MALKIN
FEB. 15, 2018
MEXICO CITY — A Salvadoran woman who spent almost 11 years in prison under El Salvador’s ban on abortion was freed Thursday after the country’s Supreme Court commuted her sentence.
The case of the woman, Teodora del Carmen Vásquez, underscores the punishment faced by Salvadoran women convicted of homicide after losing a pregnancy. El Salvador forbids abortion under any circumstances, even to save the life of the mother.
Salvadoran Judges Reject Appeal in 'Abortion' Case
Published 16 December 2017
by Professor Jose Maria Sison
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.
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U.N. appalled at 30-year sentence for woman under El Salvador abortion law
December 15, 2017
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.
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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.
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