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abortion in el salvador

No-login-required link to article about abortion in El Salvador:
http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/04/09/america/web.0409abortioncomplete.php

Abortion in El Salvador is illegal in all cases, no exceptions, and is vigorously prosecuted. The woman who had the abortion and anyone who helped in any way are considered to have committed a felony.

Quotes from the article::
Julia Regina de Cardenal runs the Yes to Life Foundation in San Salvador, which provides prenatal care and job training to poor pregnant women. She was a key advocate for the passage of the ban. She argued that the existing law's exception for the life of the mother was outdated. As she explained to me, "There does not exist any case in which the life of the mother would be in danger, because technology has advanced so far."
and
In the event that the woman's illegal abortion went badly and the doctors have to perform a hysterectomy, then the uterus is sent to the Forensic Institute, where the government's doctors analyze it and retain custody of her uterus as evidence against her.
and
According to Sara Valdés, the director of the Hospital de Maternidad, women coming to her hospital with ectopic pregnancies cannot be operated on until fetal death or a rupture of the fallopian tube...."Once we determine that they have an ectopic pregnancy, we make sure they stay in the hospital," she said. The women are sent to the dispensary, where they receive a daily ultrasound to check the fetus. "If it's dead, we can operate," she said. "Before that, we can't." If there is a persistent fetal heartbeat, then they have to wait for the fallopian tube to rupture.
and
many of the people I talked to in El Salvador, including Tópez, the prosecutor, said there was a rule of thumb: if an aborted fetus weighs more than 500 grams, or a little more than a pound, then you can argue that the fetus was viable.
(If the fetus was viable, the woman who obtained the abortion faces a charge of aggravated homicide, which carries a sentence of 30-50 years in prison.)

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firecat
Apr. 10th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
They win for now; we're catching up.
cjsmith
Apr. 10th, 2006 07:00 pm (UTC)
There are times when I bitterly, bitterly resent that God?nature? gave women brains and conscious thought. Thinking feeling beings shouldn't have to live like that.
ailbhe
Apr. 10th, 2006 07:28 pm (UTC)
That's worse than Ireland. Ectopics are *always* fatal to the fetus. Always. And they can and do kill mothers, too. Urgh.
firecat
Apr. 10th, 2006 09:05 pm (UTC)
Yep. I wonder how many women die there because of ectopic pregnancies and the restrictive abortion laws. It would be impossible to get actual data, of course.
sashajwolf
Apr. 11th, 2006 11:25 am (UTC)
Actually, there have been rare cases where ectopic foetuses have survived, if the pregnancy was in the abdominal cavity. Way too rare to justify a ban on surgery for the mother, though.
dandelion_diva
Apr. 10th, 2006 11:08 pm (UTC)
There are just no words.

Gessi
jinian
Apr. 10th, 2006 11:13 pm (UTC)
"There does not exist any case in which the life of the mother would be in danger, because technology has advanced so far."

What the fucking fuck. How about those ectopic pregnancies that you can't treat properly?!
pure_agnostic
Apr. 11th, 2006 01:41 am (UTC)
What sadistic self-righteous person would put a woman in jail for 30 to 50 years for abortion? It's bad enough they make it a crime, but to give out such severe sentences is contrary to any notion of human decency.
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