María Teresa is serving a 40-year prison sentence for having a miscarriage. Beatriz nearly died because the government refused to let her terminate the pregnancy that was going to kill her. Liliana, who became pregnant after being raped by gang members when she was 13 years old, was forced by her government to give birth.
If you are a woman or girl in El Salvador, it doesn’t matter if you’re pregnant as a result of rape, whether you’re a child, or whether the pregnancy is a risk to your life: the government demands you give birth.
El Salvador’s total ban on abortion and its criminalization denies women and girls the ability to make decisions, regardless of their circumstances, about their own bodies, stripping them of their physical and mental integrity and autonomy.
The total abortion ban has led to the arrest and imprisonment of women who have suffered miscarriages—some have been jailed for 50 years because of their miscarriage.
El Salvador’s abortion law results from a systemic denial of the human rights of girls and women, and it is killing them. End the nightmare. Act today!