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Mon Nov 10, 2014, 05:46 PM

El Salvador: Women Face Imprisonment If They Miscarry

El Salvador: Women Face Imprisonment If They Miscarry
November 8, 2014

Imagine that you are a woman in El Salvador and suffer a miscarriage, there is a chance that you may be jailed up to 50 years for aggravated homicide.

The Salvadoran law once permitted abortion in certain circumstances, but in 1998, a new abortion law was implemented, resulting in a total criminalisation concerning all causes.

The small Central American country has constantly been making headlines with women being treated like criminals, accused for having abortions, when in fact it was miscarriages caused by medical complications.

María Teresa Rivera is one of these women, a 28 year-old factory worker and with a five year-old son, she already lived a tough life in poverty surrounded by violence. Rivera was unaware of another pregnancy and suffered sudden pains, causing her to bleed on her bathroom floor.

It turned out that Rivera was having a miscarriage. She was taken to a public hospital to receive emergency help, but instead found herself reported by a member of staff to the police and sentenced 40 years in jail for aggravated murder.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 05:51 PM

1. What?!

Is this insane? Can the Hague Court do something about this?

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Response to shenmue (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 06:44 PM

3. You're so right. They have condemned an entire country's women to living in fear of pregnancy,

in as much as if they would EVER miscarry a fetus, it could get them imprisoned.

That's just not decent at all. Hellish, actually.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Nov 10, 2014, 06:32 PM

2. Abortion in Venezuela

http://caracaschronicles.com/2014/06/23/abortion-in-venezuela-two-opinions/

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Since 1915, abortion has been illegal in Venezuela, with the only exception if the mother’s life is at risk from the pregnancy (no, you cannot even access a legal abortion if you are pregnant due to rape).

Even so, about 60,000 illegal abortions are estimated to be performed each year in our country. This number shouldn’t surprise us, considering that 50% of Venezuelan pregnancies are unintended. And unintended pregnancies are the root of abortions.

In 2006 an incredible 43,16% of the cases admitted in Maternidad Concepcion Palacios (the nation’s biggest maternity) were of women with ongoing voluntary abortion procedures. Twenty of those women died.

Nationwide, every week two women die during or from complications from this procedure. In 2009, it still was the third cause of death of pregnant mothers (Venezuela has the highest maternity death rate in all Latin America by the way).

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