Abortion ban in El Salvador has women fearful of miscarriage

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Abortion ban in El Salvador has women fearful of miscarriage

Published October 14, 2017

In El Salvador, the abortion law is so strict just having a miscarriage can land a woman in jail.

The Central American country has some of the toughest anti-abortion laws in the world. Since 1998 any pregnant woman who loses her unborn child can be accused of homicide.

Abortion is banned under any circumstance in the country and women are petrified of having a problematic pregnancy.

Continued at source: https://america.cgtn.com/2017/10/14/abortion-ban-in-el-salvador-has-women-fearful-of-miscarriage

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Beatriz, Who Brought El Salvador’s Abortion Ban to the World Stage, Dies Following Motorcycle Accident

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Beatriz, Who Brought El Salvador’s Abortion Ban to the World Stage, Dies Following Motorcycle Accident

Oct 11, 2017
Kathy Bougher

"Beatriz was our friend, a warrior, who never stopped fighting for her life," said the local feminist group Agrupacion Ciudadana por la Despenalización del Aborto, in a statement.

Beatriz Garcia, whose fight against El Salvador’s draconian prohibitions on abortion moved the country—and the world—in 2013, died October 8 from complications after a motorcycle accident a few days prior.

Garcia, who chose to be known only as “Beatriz” during her struggle to interrupt her life-threatening pregnancy in 2013, suffered from the autoimmune disease discoid systemic lupus erythematosus, which was aggravated by lupus nephritis, an incurable disease that affects multiple organs. According to the Salvadoran Institute of Forensic Medicine, the lupus, combined with a case of hospital-acquired pneumonia, ultimately led to her death.

Continued at source: Rewire: https://rewire.news/article/2017/10/11/beatriz-brought-el-salvadors-abortion-ban-world-stage-dies-following-motorcycle-accident/

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El Salvador: What women’s lives are like when abortion is a crime

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What women's lives are like when abortion is a crime

By Alice Driver
Thu October 5, 2017

Story highlights
Alice Driver: Passage of a recent bill in the House of Representatives shows that for some Republicans, criminalizing abortion is a priority. If Americans want to know what women's lives are like in a country where abortion is a crime, they should listen to women in El Salvador, she writes

(CNN)During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump famously said that there should be "some form of punishment" for abortion. Although he later tried to walk these remarks back, he and his mostly male fellow Republicans have quietly been making headway since he took office on an agenda to make sure women have as few options as possible for reproductive choice and education, including limited access to birth control and the preventative care offered by Planned Parenthood.

Continued at source: http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/05/opinions/united-states-el-salvador-abortion-prison-driver-opinion/index.html

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The Price of Senegal’s Strict Anti-Abortion Laws

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The Price of Senegal’s Strict Anti-Abortion Laws

By Allyn Gaestel and Ricci Shryock
Oct 1, 2017

The Mbeubeuss landfill, on the outskirts of the Senegalese capital, Dakar, feels almost volcanic to visitors. Mountainous piles of waste encircle wide craters, where trash fires spew smoke and spit ash into the sky. The odor is nauseating: decaying foods and clothes, burnt plastic and tires. Sporadically, the scent of decomposing human flesh emerges from the fetor. The bodies are those of unwanted newborn children discarded in the city, gathered by trash collectors, and found by workers at the dump. El Hajj Diallo, the president of the landfill's collective of waste pickers, told us that, because he has found so many dead babies here, he wants Senegal to legalize abortion, at least for victims of rape and incest.

Continued at source: https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/the-price-of-senegals-strict-anti-abortion-laws

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Nicaragua’s Abortion Ban Makes Victims the Criminals

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Nicaragua’s Abortion Ban Makes Victims the Criminals

September 28, 2017
Janet Walsh, Deputy Director, Women’s Rights Division

For more than six years, Ana’s partner raped her repeatedly in their home several hours from Nicaragua’s capital. He threatened, humiliated, and tormented Ana and their two young children. When she begged him to leave, he refused.

Twice, the rapes resulted in unwanted pregnancies. The first time, Ana told her partner she wanted to get a clandestine abortion. “He said he would kill me,” Ana told me. Afraid for her life, she continued the pregnancy and gave birth to her second child.

Continued at source: https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/09/28/nicaraguas-abortion-ban-makes-victims-criminals

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Chile’s Bachelet signs bill to allow some abortions

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Chile's Bachelet signs bill to allow some abortions

14 September 2017

Chile's socialist president Michelle Bachelet on Thursday signed into law landmark legislation to decriminalize abortion in certain cases, ending a strict ban in effect for decades.

Parliament passed the bill last month after more than two years of wrangling and a constitutional court challenge brought by conservatives opposed to the reform.

Continued at source: France 24: http://www.france24.com/en/20170914-chiles-bachelet-signs-bill-allow-abortions

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How Chile Ended Its Draconian Ban on Abortion

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How Chile Ended Its Draconian Ban on Abortion

By JOSÉ MIGUEL VIVANCO and VERONICA UNDURRAGA
SEPT. 1, 2017

SANTIAGO, Chile — Last month, in a huge victory for Chile’s women, the Constitutional Court here upheld a long-awaited law that eases a total ban on abortion, raising hopes that other Latin American countries will soon reconsider their cruel restrictions on the procedure.

The new Chilean law, passed by Congress in August, decriminalizes abortion under three circumstances: if the life of the pregnant woman is at risk; if the pregnancy is the result of rape; or if the fetus will not survive.

Continued at source: New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/01/opinion/chile-abortion-ban.html

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EL SALVADOR – In spite of anti-abortion opposition, two abortion law reform bills under consideration

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EL SALVADOR – In spite of anti-abortion opposition, two abortion law reform bills under consideration

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Aug 22, 2017

El Salvador’s absolute ban on abortion is facing its greatest challenge in years. Buoyed by shifting public attitudes, reproductive rights activists are making headway on a bill to reform the law for victims of rape and human trafficking, women carrying non-viable pregnancies, and to protect women’s life and health.

Support for keeping the ban is also formidable – and The Guardian reported in July 2017 that they may have an outside source of anti-abortion help: a US-based anti-abortion group called Human Life International that may have been funnelling funds to El Salvador’s anti-abortion movement since 2000.

This month, during an action in front of the Legislative Assembly, national and international voices showed their support for the bill to reform Article 133 of the Criminal Code, which has been languishing in the country’s Congress for the past 10 months. The bill is still “under discussion” in the Constitutional Commission of the Assembly.

In a press conference attended by legislators from the parties WINS, FMLN and sand, it was reported that a petition with 89,453 signatures from all over the world had been handed in, in support of the bill, which has wide acceptance in Salvadoran public opinion. Margarita Rodriguez, President of the Parliamentary Group of Women, said: “To receive (almost) 90,000 signatures from women around the world, I am committed to working to reform the national legislation and to ensure the health and lives of women”.

In the most recent survey of public opinión by Untold Research in June 2017, it was found that 79% of Salvadorans said that: “Doctors should be allowed to provide the care necessary to save the life of a mother, including the termination of pregnancy.”

 The recent case of Evelyn Hernandez, who was wrongly convicted of aggravated homicide following a miscarriage, put El Salvador in the eye of the storm on the international scene, highlighting the lack of legal tools to protect the health of pregnant women.

It is hoped that the reform bill will be discussed within the coming weeks, before the beginning of the campaign ahead to launch the upcoming general election in 2018.

 Meanwhile, on 17 August, a deputy from the ARENA party, John Wright, introduced a new reform bill as a citizens’ initiative, which is backed with more than 1,000 signatures, which also proposes the decriminalization of abortion in cases of rape of a child and when there is a risk to the health or life of the pregnant woman. This was despite the fact that his party has made it clear they are not in favour of abortion under any circumstances.

SOURCES: The Guardian, by Molly Redden, Nina Lakhani, 27 July 2017 ; La Agrupación Ciudadana, 11 August 2017 ; La Prensa Grafica, 18 August 2017 ; PHOTO

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Source: International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/el-salvador-two-abortion-law-reform-bills-under-consideration/

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Historic decision: Chile’s National Congress legalizes abortion after 28 years of criminalization

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Historic decision: Chile's National Congress legalizes abortion after 28 years of criminalization

Miles Chile dedicates this "day of greater dignity, respect and freedom to all those women who since 1989 were punished, stigmatized, humiliated or killed for having interrupted their pregnancy."

August 3, 2017

Today, 3 August, the Chilean Congress passed the abortion bill into law. Miles Chile has declared today "a day of dignity, respect and freedom honouring all the women who since 1989 were prosecuted, stigmatised, humiliated or killed for having terminated a pregnancy".

In fact, the three grounds for abortion contained in the abortion bill had already been approved by both the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies of the Congress.

However, there was not a majority to pass one clause permitting girls and adolescents under the age of 14 years who is pregnant due to rape to seek authorisation from a Family Court for an abortion if a parent or legal guardian refuses their permission.

This held up passage of the whole bill. What was required next was for a Joint Commission of 5 Senators and 5 Deputies to be constituted, who drafted a consensus report on that one clause to be taken for approval to both chambers. The vote on the report in the Commission took place on the evening of 1 August and was approved 6 to 4. The law was passed today, 3 August, by 70 to 45 in the Chamber of Deputies and 22 to 13 in the Senate, after lobbying to ensure there was no further delay.

Now the ten-person Constitutional Court must discuss the three grounds. As has been reported previously, even before the bill was passed by the Congress, the opposition had tabled a request to the Constitutional Court to rule on whether or not the three grounds for abortion are constitutional.

SOURCE: Miles Chile, 3 August 2017 (in Spanish) http://mileschile.cl/?p=4853
Translated by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion

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El Salvador: What It’s Like To Be The World’s First Abortion Refugee

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What It's Like To Be The World's First Abortion Refugee

In 2011, María Teresa Rivera was sentenced to 40 years in prison for 'aggravated homicide' following a miscarriage in El Salvador. Five years later, free and living in Sweden, she finally speaks out about the horrific ordeals women across her home country are facing when it comes to abortion, homicide and the law.

By Katie O'Malley
Aug 1, 2017

The pain, both physical and psychological, of going through a miscarriage, is an experience no-one should have to endure.

However, little did 33-year-old María Teresa Rivera know that the death of her embryo would also be compounded by the loss of her freedom.

Continued at source: Elle: http://www.elleuk.com/life-and-culture/culture/longform/a37441/first-abortion-refugee-maria-teresa-rivera-el-salvador/

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