The unspeakable cruelty of El Salvador’s abortion laws

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.


Salvadorean Lawmakers Have 6 Weeks to Legalize Abortion

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.