Miscarriage of Justice

Obstetric emergencies like miscarriages have landed over 23 women in prison for “abortion-related” crimes in El Salvador—1 of just 4 countries that ban abortion regardless of the circumstances.

Dubbed a “poor woman’s crime,” wealthier women skirt the ban with abortion pills and confidential private services, sometimes abroad.

International human rights groups condemn the policy, which has galvanized skilled local activists, writes Lauryn Claassen.

Legislative initiatives to loosen the ban have stalled, but activists doggedly mobilize the press and social media against each conviction, helping see one woman’s 30-year sentence overturned.

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