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Chronique d'Amnesty International about Abortion in El Salvador

Nadege Mazars

In El Salvador, there are women going to jail after having a miscarriage, charged for homicide and convicted for 30 years. 
The abortion penalization is absolute and there are total confusion and suspicion that most of the time turned against women with humble origins. Women can't have abortion including when pregnancy is a real danger for their life, including when the pregnancy is a consequence of a rape, including when the girl is only 12…
Teodora is one of these women. She called the emergency when she felt she was about to give birth… They didn't arrived on time, she fainted, didn't realized she lost her baby, and when the medical service came to her, it was to report to the police. In December, her sentence, 30 years imprisonment, was confirmed…

Please have a look to the special feature of Chronique d'Amnesty International, November 2017, with my pictures in El Salvador and a sensitive text by Anne Proenza.

The IWMF supported the first steps of this reportage as part of its Adelante Latin America Reporting Initiative.